The Day School (Self Determination) at OCCTAC is an innovative arts-based program designed for individuals aged 18 to 26 with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Our mission is to prepare students for entry into appropriate adult programs and supported work placements upon graduation.
The Day School (Self Determination) emphasizes student independence, choice making, individualized work experience, communication skills, money skills, integration with the college population, and transition to integrated work in connection with our Youth Employment Program (YEP).
Our program is structured around a schedule that includes:
Reading and Writing
Dance and Movement
Arts and Emotion
Music and Language (Guitar, Piano)
Life Skills (Nutrition and cooking, Gardening, Math and Money)
Shopping and eating out
Employment opportunities (YEP)
The Day School (Self Determination) focuses on the following learning domains:
Daily Living Skills
Daily Learning Opportunities
Examples of daily learning opportunities supporting our learning domains:
Household skills for independent living
Connections to community agencies
Encouragement of student independence
Tailored support based on individual needs
Life Skill Experience Training
Life skills and arts experience training are highly individualized and meaningful for our students. These experiences help them acquire essential life skills, assess strengths, and determine work preferences. OCCTAC's staff provides motivating training that allows students to make their own choices and find solutions to everyday problems.
The program uses the entire center as instructional classrooms, providing a natural and accepting environment. Individualized programs are designed to be rewarding and promote each student's development as an individual.
Eligibility for the program is determined by the IEP team and specified in the Individual Transition Plan for students with disabilities aged 18 to 26 enrolled in the Self-Determination Program as determined by the Department of Developmental Services or OCDE Special Education Programs.
While our students are legally adults, we encourage parent involvement in helping them learn essential life skills. Collaboration as a team is important for our students' SUCCESS!
Get In Touch
For inquiries about the Program, please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated team members:
Day School (Self Determination)