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Acronyms and Terms

Acronym/Term Name/Definition


Business, Education, and Labor Committee


The California Department of Education

CIE Competitive, integrated employment


Following program rules


Evidence that supports program data and activities

DDS Department of Developmental Services


Department of Labor


Department of Rehabilitation


Employment Development Department


Earmarking specific sums of money for specific expenditures


Free appropriate public education


Focused Monitoring Technical Assistance units in the CDE, Special Education Division


Services, including placements, which are provided to students while they are still in school


Survey-based data collected to determine adult outcomes for former WAI students one and two years past their exit dates from high school


Family Transition Network Committee


Grant Award Notification; A letter issued by the CDE that states a local program will be funded for a specific amount of money


Government Relations Committee


Human Support Services


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act


Individualized Education Program


Local Educational Agency


A CDE-administrated distribution list that is to disseminate official policy, guidance, documents, and announcements to the subscribers of the listserv, and for those subscribers to share operational information


Labor Market Information


Least Restrictive Environment


An experienced WorkAbility I program representative assigned to assist and guide less experienced or troubled programs.


National Career Development Guidelines


Nonpublic Schools and Agencies

On-campus placement

Any work experience placement provided on the same campus where the student attends school

One Stop

Career and Employment Center funded through the Employment Development Department


Any WorkAbility I student who receives competitive pay for work


Regional Center

Regional manager

A WAI program representative elected from the field to supervise a specific state region


Labor Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills


Special Education Local Plan Area


Any student who participates in specific school-based, work-based, and connecting activities as outlined in the array of services

SRT State and Regional Training Committee
Student Learner Wage There is an exception for learners, regardless of age, who may be paid not less than 85 percent of minimum wage rounded to the nearest nickel during their first 160 hours of employment in occupations in which they have no previous similar or related experience. Department of Industrial Relations, Labor Commissioner's Office External link opens in new window or tab.

SSID/CSIS numbers

The California School Information Services Statewide Student Identifiers

Subsidized placement

Any paid student placement that is not paid by the employer (e.g., through WorkAbility I funds)

TEC Technology, Education, Communication Committee


The act of moving from one stage to another; WorkAbility I focuses on moving students from high school to the post-secondary world


Transition services language


WorkAbility I


Work-based learning experiences

WIOA Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


Wage, Labor, and Safety Committee

Work permit

Documentation required for minor students who have not graduated from high school to work within the State of California

National Websites

California Websites

Resource Websites

WorkAbility I Recorded Training

WorkAbility I Regional Meeting Guidance Fiscal Year 2021–22 External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 21:21)
The Workability I (WAI) Regional Meeting Guidance Fiscal Year (FY) 2021–22 provides WAI Regional Designees program and fiscal guidelines for coordinating and conducting WAI regional meetings. Additionally, this training provides the fiscal parameters and reporting requirements when utilizing WAI grant funds for conducting WAI regional meetings.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, November 06, 2023
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