A-DA's mission is "to provide vocational skills training and educational advancement for youth, military veterans, and adults with disabilities and to assist them in finding employment and overcoming barriers to personal and financial self-sufficiency." - Since 1975
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CareerSmart Adult Program

What is Career$mart Adult?

Career$mart is an employment program of Able-Disabled Advocacy (A-DA) serving low-income individuals living with disabilities, who strive to earn enough to be self-supporting. San Diego has a high cost of living and it takes more than a minimum wage job to afford to live here.  Boost your chance for career and life success and join our Career$mart support group.  Our goal for all Career$mart participants is employment or career advancement.  Fast track your career with the Career$mart Express.  Note: A-DA has a Career$mart program for youth too!


Program Eligibility Requirements

The program is designed to assist disabled individuals who have income above the poverty level but who need more income to support themselves.  Applicants need to have a job skill and be ready to look for a job.  We can accept individuals who have a job but make less than a livable wage and we are looking to enroll Social Security disability recipients who are striving to get off public benefits.


Try this link to access the Self-Sufficiency Calculator.  Pick San Diego for your county and enter the number of adults and children to see the average cost of living in San Diego for a family of that size.



Career$mart classes will take place at Able-Disabled Advocacy on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Jump on board the Career$mart Express and make smart career decisions.

  • One-on-one Career Counseling with an experienced Employment Specialist
  • Resume review
  • Interview practice and coaching
  • Additional job search assistance
  • Life Skills Training—covers job search skills, job success and career advancement, financial literacy, healthy living, managing career and family and more!
  • Employment follow-up for improved job success!


How to Apply

Contact Lynda Crawford at (619) 231-5990 ext. 303 or and she will provide information on the steps for enrollment consideration