The California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (aka CECY, pronounced SEE-SEE) is a 40+ member state leadership workgroup representing 20+ agencies, committees, councils, families and youth self-advocates.  

The mission of CECY is to stimulate policy change and build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD) in integrated competitive employment (ICE).

The goals of CECY are to:

1) Strengthen interagency collaborations and practices between and among local and state agencies to increase opportunities for ICE of youth and young adults with IDD;

2) Enhance understanding of youth and young adults, family members, and professionals of the effective practices and supports for youth and young adults with IDD to work in integrated competitive employment settings; and

3) Effect policy change at a state and local level that is aimed at increasing ICE of youth and young adults with IDD.  

See our CECY FLYER to learn more about our work. | Text-only version



Alameda County's Community Conversation:  Expanding Meaningful Employment Locally
Date:  Thur, September 4, 2014; 11am-1pm
Location:  Oakland Conference Center; Oakland, CA

Alameda County Community Conversation logoJoin us for CECY's second Community Conversation, this time taking place in Oakland, CA. During the event, friends and neighbors in Alameda County will come together to discuss actions they can take to make their community stronger by exploring how the county's existing strengths, resources, and opportunities can be used so that friends and neighbors with disabilities can contribute their talents to the workplace. This invitation is open to all: employers, local officials, educators, families, organizations, disability service providers, faith communities, and individuals with disabilities. Your voice is needed. Join us over lunch, good coffee, and great conversation!  | Event website.


CECY Participates in State Senate Hearing on Vocational Training and Employment for Individuals with ASD 
Tom Heinz at Senate Hearing on Vocational Training and Employment for Individuals with Autism
On August 5, California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg chaired a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders on the status employment available for individuals with ASD, current best practices, innovative ideas in practice, and recommendations for public policy. The committee heard from agency directors, service providers, self-advocates, and policy experts, including CECY director and members Olivia Raynor, Mike Clark, and Tom Heinz.  | Hearing agenda | Hearing overview | Video of hearing


  • Communities Building Solutions for Employment of Youth with Disabilities: Taft's Community Conversation:  March 2014, CECY hosted a town hall meeting in Taft, California, its first of seven "Community Conversations" to build awareness and community engagement to increase employment opportunities of youth and young people with disabilities.  Over 50 community members including employers, educators, people from faith communities, government officials, disability service providers, young adults with disabilities, and family members came together to address what they could do to increase the employment of young people with disabilities in their community.  Through collaborative dialogue, participants generated fresh ideas and important next steps.
  • Employment First Movement:  The Train Has Left the Station is a CECY brief that focuses on California’s new Employment First Policy that Governor Jerry Brown signed into legislation on October 9, 2013.  "Employment First" emphasizes ICE as the first priority and preferred outcome for adults with significant disabilities.  The brief provides an overview of California’s history in achieving the legislation and a national overview of the Employment First movement across the country.  An accessible version will be posted shortly.
  • Employment First Policy Summary, created by CECY and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, explains California's Employment First Policy.  An accessible version will be posted shortly. 
  • State of California's Developmental Disabilities System Employment Data Dashboard is the state's first centralized location to track the employment of youth and young adults with IDD in California. The site is accessible.
  • Aiming Higher:  Increasing Employment for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a CECY policy brief that discusses critical issues in the Developmental Disabilities Services system that affect the successful employment of youth with IDD.  An accessible version will be posted shortly.

CECY Shares "Unpacking What Works" at APSE 2014:  July 1, CECY Director Olivia Raynor along with members from secondary education and a regional center -- Richard Rosenberg, Linda O'Neal, John Filley, and Candice Spielman -- presented "Unpacking What Works:  How Do You Do That?" a well-received session that detailed essential elements of effective practices for integrated competitive employment.  The presenters shared how they implemented key practices such as person centered planning, earning industry certificates, teacher transformation in job development, and business partnerships.  See their APSE Presentation here.

In January 2012, CECY awarded grants to 7 Local Employment Collaborative Teams (LECTS) to shed light on specific barriers to employment and describe new solutions that can be utilized by programs across the state. Read the press release and summaries that describe the LECT projects.  Products produced by our Local Employment Collaborative Teams will be posted on this site.

Get CECY E-News!
500+ subscribers strong!  Join CECY E-News to receive weekly issues that bring you timely information about developments, resources, and events taking place to help youth with IDD successfully transition into integrated competitive employment. 

Join CECY E-News. | See latest and past issues.

Contacting CECY
Olivia Raynor, Ph.D., CECY Director | 310-794-1141 |
Rachel C. Flores, CECY Communications & Program Manager | 310-825-3715 |
UCLA Tarjan Center
11075 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA  90025

CECY is a Partnerships In Employment systems change project funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) as a Project of National Significance, Grant # 90DNO284.

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

CECY Consortium Member website