Employment Services for Disabled Adults

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What We Do

Employment Development Services, Employment Planning / Job Coaching, Job Placement, Supported Employment, Career Exploration, Job Search Assistance

Our Approach

Our employment development services are tailored to be Person-Centered to remove physical, cultural, attitudinal, and legal obstacles so people with developmental disabilities have every opportunity to live meaningful and productive lives, on their own terms. We exist to provide the best services and opportunities to them.

Our Mission

To become an indispensable resource for adults living with developmental disabilities. CORD is here to help developmentally disabled adults reach for and realize their full potential through all of life’s moments.

Working in the Greater Los Angeles community, we help remove physical, cultural, attitudinal and legal obstacles so people with developmental disabilities have every opportunity to live meaningful and productive lives, on their own terms. We exist to provide the best services and opportunities to them.

Together we can change the way the world defines and views disability.


Community Outreach Resource Development Center

CORD is committed to ensuring that all people with developmental disabilities have the right to equal opportunity, to be economically self-sufficient, and to earn and save without jeopardizing access to the services and supports that allow them to live and work independently. We work with local employers and a growing network of local, state, and federal support organizations to provide the unparalleled assistance and support services crucial to helping our clients in achieving these goals.

CORD’s programs include supported employment, job placement, and external situational assessment. Clients are placed in competitive paying jobs at local community businesses. At no cost to the employer, professional employment support specialists work alongside CORD’s clients providing training and assistance to help them learn the job and perform up to the employer’s standards and expectations.


C.O.R.D. By the Numbers

Stores open to employing CORD interns

CORD interns with permanent jobs through our services

Interns in a Paid Internship Program (PIP) through CORD

CORD interns working on employment development skills


We know that employment is more than a job — it’s the opportunity to participate as a member of the community. That’s why our employment development services are tailored to prepare people with developmental disabilities find and keep a job through services like career exploration, job search assistance, job placement, and coaching.
If you are a person with a developmental disability looking to enter the workforce, please reach out to us for more information.


CORD’s programs aim to increase the political and economic power of people with disabilities. Join us as a convener, connector, and catalyst for change — your support helps increase the political and economic power of people with disabilities. Our areas of focus are:

Employment Development Services

Employment Planning / Job Coaching

Job Placement

Supported Employment


Employers gain motivated employees and the respect of their community. That community becomes more integrated and gains productive, tax-paying citizens. And employees know they are valued and take pride in becoming a wage-earner, co-worker, and friend.

Join our growing network of Employers offering a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement. Ask us how.

The C.O.R.D. Team

Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson


As a native of Lansing, Michigan and one of eleven children, Cheryl Johnson has always been dedicated to uplifting her family and community. After graduating from Michigan State she came to Los Angeles to start her own business. Her passion to help the underprivileged evolved into her running three successful community residential services while providing transportation services to the individuals she provided services for. While her approach has shifted, her passion has remained the same. Ms. Johnson’s dedication to improving her community is now focused on providing employment and living support. Through person-centered planning and skills-building she has molded a mindset that is universal through Community Outreach Resource Development Center, CORD, which has a mission to empower individuals through proactive methods of communication, innovation, and leadership.

CORD focuses on community development by preparing individuals with intellectual disabilities to be a part of the workforce in their neighborhoods. Through the strategic plans developed by CORD’s experienced job coaches, each participant is assisted in developing a plan unique to their skill set and interests. Whether it is working in a warehouse, pet grooming store, or opening their own business, CORD empowers its participants by encouraging self-growth and achievement.  

As the CORD CEO, Cheryl Johnson collaborates with other vendors, local businesses, and participants to produce a cohesive relationship built on community development. Her experience working with regional centers in the Los Angeles area has given her an advantage in terms of providing insights and proactive approaches to each participant. As a team, CORD lives out the mission set by Mrs. Johnson in which the community becomes the ultimate resource for uplifting each participant so they can reach the goals they have set for themselves while becoming productive members of society.

Intern Highlight: Hector Lopez

Intern Highlight: Hector Lopez

CORD LA proudly congratulates Hector Lopez as the October 2021 Intern of the Month. Hector is from Los Angeles and joined the CORD LA organization in September 2019.  On joining CORD, Hector established several goals that included obtaining a high school diploma,...

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CORD Newsletter

Keep up to date with what's going on at Community Outreach Resource Development Center with our periodic newsletters.

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C.O.R.D.’s Mission

Get to know the Community Outreach Resource Development Center operating out of Los Angeles, California. CORD is an employment support program helping adults aged 18-59 gain employment in their desired field by creating a person-centered plan of action. Each client is...

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Our Office

2716 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA

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(213) 986-7289
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