WorkAbility I Program

WorkAbility I is a nationally recognized program funded by the California Department of Education to provide career development, pre-employment skills and job placement services to students with disabilities, high school and older.

Thank You to our Business Partners

In the 2018-2019 school year, WorkAbility I served 1,052 Ventura County students and among them, 324 students from Fillmore USD, Moorpark USD, Oak Park USD, Ojai USD, Oxnard Union HSD, Santa Paula USD, Simi Valley USD, Ventura County Office of Education, and Ventura USD were placed in competitive integrated employment opportunities.  We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our community business partners for supporting our students in these endeavors.


Alejandro’s Salon (Ventura)
Anacapa Brewing (Ventura)
Andria Seafood (Ventura)
Bark Avenue (Ventura)
Bookends (Ojai)
Boys and Girls Club (Camarillo)
CVS (Simi)
Dargan’s (Ventura)
Domino’s (Ventura)
Fillmore Veterinarian Animal Hospital
Gizmo Wizards (Ojai)
Glo West (Ojai)
Green Thumb
Grocery Outlet (Oxnard)
Harley Bowling Centers (Simi)
Kids Cove (Ventura)
Main Street Meat Market (Ventura)
Marriott Hotels
McDonald’s (Ventura)
Oak Park Unified School District
Ojai Frosty
One Step A La Vez
PetCo (Ventura & Camarillo)
Pizza Man Dans
Plaza Stadium 14 Cinemas (Oxnard)
Rancho Simi Rec. and Park District
Simi Hills retirement Home
Smart & Final Extra (Camarillo/Oxnard)
Staples (Ventura)
Super A Market
Surfside Seafood
Sushi Fresh
Ventura County Animal Services
Ventura County Libraries
Ventura County Office of Education
WSS (Oxnard)


Programs in the Ventura County SELPA

There are three WorkAbility I programs within the Ventura County SELPA:

  • Conejo Valley Unified School District - Denice Welter, Project Manager
  • Las Virgenes Unified School District - Denise Edwards, Project Manager
  • Ventura County SELPA - Joanna Della Gatta, Project Manager

The SELPA project provides services to over 1,000 students in these sites/districts:




Fillmore Unified School District

Sasha (Bud) Gurkweitz


Moorpark Unified School District

Bobbie Buzzelli


Tony Papilli


Non Public Schools

Casa Pacifica  Passageway School

Kristy Lim


Oak Park Unified School District

Kristy Lim


Ojai Unified School District

Francine Nelson


Oxnard Unified School District

Noemi Tomasetti


Santa Paula Unified School District

Kristy Lim


Simi Valley Unified School District

Erin Edwards


Ventura County Office of Education

Bosewell, Ojai Teams, Moorpark ACCESS

Cindy Van Wagner


Ventura County Office of Education,

Court and Community Schools

Kristy Lim


Other Resources

2017-2018 WAI Year-end Narrative

Activity Flowchart

Array of Services Worksheets

SCANS - Pre-Employment Checklists-  Form N    Form S

WorkAbility Central- Some documents require you to log in. Please contact Joanna Della Gatta for assistance.

WorkAbility Handbook

WorkAbility in Gear Brochure

WorkAbility I Website

WorkAbility I Works! Fact Sheet

Work-Based Learning for Special Education Students Handbook

Worksite Agreement Form