Since 2016, a collaborative effort between Bay Area community partners has resulted in 140 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities securing jobs. Sam Yuen, 25, of Fremont is one of those adults.
Through Project Search, an East Bay Innovations program, Yuen spent a year learning office skills and doing internships with Alameda County agencies. After completing his training, Yuen secured a job with Alameda County General Services Agency’s finance division in Oakland, where he has been working for nearly three years.
Nine out of 10 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are still unemployed in California, according to HireAble–a collaboration between three non-profit human services agencies: East Bay Innovations, Contra Costa ARC, and Futures Explored, Inc.