WINDMILLS was from the very beginning, and remains to this day, a program to shatter attitudinal barriers. In 1981, the California Governor’s
Committee on Employment of the Handicapped (Governor’s Committee) identified employers’ attitudes and misconceptions as major barriers to increasing the employment rate of people with disabilities. With the support of an EDD and CETA grant, the
Governor’s Committee developed the concept for WINDMILLS.
WINDMILLS is a non-profit product owned and managed by Friends of Californians With a Disability, Inc. Net proceeds are used to further programs to enhance the employment opportunities for those with a disability.
Since its inception, the Governor’s Committee and Friends of Californians With Disabilities, Inc., a 501 C3 non-profit organization, have overseen several revisions that have modified
WINDMILLS to reflect the most current language, laws, technology and social trends that relate to the culture of disability.
Most recently, in 2008 two new modules were added to include
emotional disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. The revision was
supported by the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP),
Interwork Institute-San Diego University, and partially funded under a Medicaid
Infrastructure Grant for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.