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Day School
(Self Determination)

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.

Program Overview

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).

Program Structure

Our program is structured around a schedule that includes:

  • Reading and Writing

  • Computer Literacy

  • Dance and Movement

  • Arts and Emotion

  • Music and Language (Guitar, Piano)

  • Life Skills (Nutrition and cooking, Gardening, Math and Money)

  • Robotics

  • Field trips

  • Shopping and eating out

  • Gatherings (dances)

  • Employment opportunities (YEP)

Learning Domains

The Day School (Self Determination) focuses on the following learning domains:

  • Social Skills

  • Communication Skills

  • Functional Academics

  • Vocational Skills

  • Daily Living Skills

  • Recreation/Leisure activities

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.

Instructional Models

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 Criteria

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.

Parent Involvement

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: 

Joanny Sanchez
Day School (Self Determination)

T: 714-547-5468

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