In January 2012, CECY awarded grants to 7 Local Employment Collaborative Teams (LECTS) to shed light on specific barriers to employment for youth with IDD, and identify solutions that can be utilized by programs across the state.

Each LECT addresses challenges to competitive integrated employment in a unique way that makes full use of their community’s resources.

  • East Bay Innovations (San Leandro, CA):  Builds partnerships with the health care industry to find high-paying, high-value jobs with high job retention.
  • Glenn County Office of Education (Willows, CA):  Prepares transition-age youth to obtain industry skills and certificates for ICE in a rural community that has a high unemployment rate.  
  • Irvine and Whittier Unified School Districts (Irvine and Whittier, CA): Crafting a compilation of best practices for transition specialists.
  • Sweetwater Union High School District (Chula Vista, CA): Partnerships in Job Placement maximizes interagency collaboration and resources for individual vocational assessment, job development, and job placement.
  • TAFT College (Taft, CA)Transition to Independent Living (TIL) activates parent networks to assist in job development and placement to reduce the ‘downtime’ youth experience when transitioning back to their home community after college.
  • TransCen (San Francisco, CA): WorkLink utilizes a ‘hybrid’ funding model, braiding day services and employment services to achieve direct-hire, and integrated employment.


  • Visit our Products & Resources page for LECT Resources, including videos. 
  • Transcen Inc.’s WorkLink Program: A New Day for Day ServicesThis Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation article discusses an innovative approach to braiding funding resources and services that addresses programmatic barriers and utilizes the Developmental Disabilities Service (DDS) system to augment Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services to facilitate direct hire, integrated jobs for people with more significant intellectual disabilities.  It describes TransCen, Inc.’s approach to braiding services to promote employment and support customized job placement.  Ideas for improving program services and recommendations for system-change are presented.
  • Unpacking What Works:  How Do You Do That?On July 1, 2014, CECY Director Olivia Raynor, along with CECY members from our LECTs representing secondary education and a regional center -- John Filley, Linda O'Neil, Richard Rosenberg, and Candice Spielman -- presenteda 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.
  • Press Release and Project Summaries presented when CECY grants were awarded to the LECT in 2012.