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Enroll into the Breaking Barriers Program today!

Work is an important factor in most of our lives, and this is no different for people who have a disability. Breaking Barriers San Diego (BBSD) is an Individual Placement & Support (IPS) program, offering supported employment services to individuals with disabilities seeking work in the competitive job market.

Unlike more traditional employment services, supported employment programs like BBSD use a rapid job search and placement approach to help you obtain a job, rather than providing pre-employment vocational experiences. BBSD offers flexible, continuous supports to help you find full-time or part-time work and long term supports to maintain employment. Additional services include assistance with writing résumés and cover letters, practicing interviewing skills, and problem-solving to address any obstacles to working such as gaps in employment and legal history.  

BBSD serves a wide range of participants, from those with limited work experience who may need the entire continuum of support to those with extensive prior work histories who require minimal support to return to the workforce. BBSD collaborates with community service providers to ensure that your support needs are in place to enhance your employment success.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be currently unemployed or underemployed, and
  • be over the age of 18, and
  • have a physical, developmental or mental disability.

One of the following eligibility requirements must also be met:

  • you receive public assistance through CalWORKs, or
  • you participate in services with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), or
  • you participate in county-funded mental health or alcohol and drug-related services.

For more information about BBSD, please email Maria Rey at

BBSD is being offered as part of an evaluation to determine how the program helps people find jobs. There will be more applicants than spaces available in this program. Individuals who are eligible for the program and agree to participate in the study will be selected for the program based on a lottery. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and awarded to the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Grant Agreement Number: IF-26349-14-60-A-6.

Breaking Barriers San Diego Program

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