In 1966, a group of parents came together to discuss how to create employment opportunities for their adult children with disabilities. These parents—true pioneers of the modern inclusivity movement—came up with a solution that enabled their children to experience the dignity, independence, and sense of purpose that comes with employment. That solution was PRIDE Industries.
Our mission is to create employment for people with disabilities and, as the leading employer of people with disabilities, it is our vision to inspire and accomplish an inclusive world where people of all abilities have equal access to achieve their employment goals. From this vision, PRIDE Industries promotes the following values, which are the core of who we are as a company: Inclusion, Social Impact, Respect, and Innovation.
PRIDE Industries has led the industry in person-centered vocational rehabilitation, training, support services, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities—both visible and invisible. We designed proprietary, ground-breaking training/employment programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our Veterans Employment Advantage Program addresses the unique needs of wounded veterans entering the civilian workforce. Our foster youth liaisons guide former foster youth through coaching and training for career success. And our unique 1-844-I-AM-ABLE Employment Helpline connects people with disabilities and barriers to employment in California with the support services and employment opportunities they need to contribute to their communities.
Our Foundation was named in honor of former PRIDE Industries’ CEO Michael Ziegler, who dedicated his career to promoting a work environment where people of all abilities can thrive. 100% of your contributions are used to directly support employment opportunities for people with disabilities or barriers to employment.
To create employment for people with disabilities.
PRIDE Industries’ I AM ABLE Helpline is the only employment helpline of its kind in the country that helps people navigate every step of the employment journey.
Vital Services Are Just a Phone Call Away: (844) I-AM-ABLE
The Helpline assists people in both English and Spanish. In the first year, we connected more than 700 people to community programs that provide job readiness training, ongoing support, and employment opportunities. Two years later we anticipate helping 3,000 people.
Your donation will support this vital service, so that more people with disabilities can experience the dignity of a paycheck and the satisfaction of meaningful work.
The Michael Ziegler PRIDE Industries Foundation
Tax id (EIN)
More than $100 million
Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted
Individuals with disabilities, Veterans, General population