Employment Services

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Supported Employment Services assist people with developmental disabilities to become successfully employed in businesses in the community.

EBI helps people identify the type of employment they desire and then networks with local employers to develop a match. Once hired, EBI provides one on one on-the-job training and support to assist the person to be successful in their work.

EBI provides an array of services to help the person served to successfully learn and maintain their job. These services include:

  • Assistance in learning public transportation
  • Resume writing
  • Interview preparation
  • Assistance in understanding Social Security work incentives


Even after the individual is working independently, EBI continues to follow-up with the employee and employer to ensure continued success.



Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH, is a pathway to Supported Employment, providing intensive training and internships for individuals with developmental disabilities. Click here to learn more.


Program Outcomes & Statistics

Employment Outcome Highlights:
During 2016/2017, 25 individuals were placed in jobs with an average wage of $13.68 per hour. The range of wages was $10.50 to $30.25 per hour. Highlights included new paid internship programs, the passage of Senate Bill 644, and development of an internship partnership with Bay Area Rapid Transit. It took, on average, 240 days to secure employment for our clients. Job retention, after one year, for individuals placed during 2015/2016 was 85 percent.

View Outcomes for Supported Employment Services 2016-2017

Employment Satisfaction Survey Highlights:

In September and October of 2017, EBI received 113 responses to our employment-related surveys. Of note, 98% of consumers felt their EBI job coach worked well with them. All employers considered the performance of their employee/intern either Excellent or Good in most areas. And, 98% of Family Members and Friends reported satisfaction with the EBI’s advocacy efforts.

Download more detailed information from the employment-related surveys:

Supported Employment Services Case Manager and Dept. of Rehabilitation Survey 2017

Supported Employment Services Consumer Survey 2017

Supported Employment Services Employer Survey 2017

Supported Employment Services Friends and Family Survey 2017


More Information:

For more information about EBI’s Employment Services,
contact Lori Kotsonas: lkotsonas@eastbayinnovations.org

You must be a client of the Regional Center to be eligible for Employment Services. EBI will also assist you to become a client of the Department of Rehabilitation if accepted into the program.