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College & Vocational Support

Supporting youth and adults in providing the tools to find employment by hosting workshops that center around resume building, cover letter writing, interview preparation, disability disclosure, reasonable accommodations and more, all through the lens of disability. We also provide support to individuals with one-on-one vocational support services / peer counseling. We are partnered with several disability-centered job boards, Bay Area companies and organizations, and are always looking to further develop our relationships within the community to help achieve our goal of supporting all our job-seeking consumers in finding meaningful and successful employment. Additionally, our program partners with local colleges and universities in hosting workshops, panels, and seminars around topics of employment, accommodations, and disability disclosure

Support Services Include:


1 on 1 campus and vocational support

Reasonable accommodations in both employment and academic settings support

Resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, and navigating disability disclosure



CIL’s Accelerate Internship Program provides 6-month paid internships for young adults with disabilities (ages 18-30) in Alameda County at companies and non-profit organizations across a diversity of exciting fields. Our Accelerate Internship Program includes paid training and professional development prior to the internship, support and mentorship during the internship, and assistance with job searches, interview skills, and the transition into long-term employment after the internship ends. The goal of our Accelerate Internship Program is for young people with disabilities to develop a wide variety of professional skills and explore a new career field, to bring their knowledge, experience, and brilliance to a local workplace, and to ultimately find competitive, long-term employment in an area that interests them.


  • For young people with disabilities, with a special emphasis on
    communication disabilities (ages 18-30), in Alameda County
  • Accelerate Paid Internship runs May – October 2024 (approximately 32 hours/month)
  • Includes comprehensive vocational support, mentorship, and
    peer-based learning opportunities
  • Focus on empowering young people with disabilities, and
    bringing disability, accessibility, and diversity into workplaces in
    Alameda County

"I am an instructor with the College to Career program at the College of Alameda, a program for neurodivergent young adults. The workshops CIL Youth Programs have provided in my classes have been amazing. It's clear that the CIL staff put immense work into creating thorough presentations that have really added to my course content. The presenters who have come to my class are extremely knowledgeable and relatable. Students rave about their time in classes with CIL presenters and always ask to see them again. CIL has been such a wonderful resource to me as a college instructor and I'm grateful to work with such a vital community resource. "

-College Instructor

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