Education, Employment and Day Program Options

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What types of daytime activities are available for me?

Depending on your abilities and interests, there are many daytime activities available.

Continuing Education/Vocational Training

Many programs available through the Los Angeles Community College District are appropriate for some adults with special needs. Accommodations and support services are managed through Disability Resource Centers.

The Tarjan Center at UCLA’S Open the Doors to College provides information about California’s higher education options for students with intellectual disabilities and autism.

LAJAC-school2 Click on the links below to get more information about specific programs:

Los Angeles Mission College, Disabled Studies Program and Services

Los Angeles Valley College, Services for Students with Disabilities

Pathway, at UCLA Extension

Santa Monica College, Disability Resources

West LA College, Disabled Students Programs and Services

Think College offers information about inclusive higher education options across the country.

In 2015, President Obama announced the Student Bill of Rights to help make it easier and fairer to pay for higher education. Under this program, students who borrowed money to pay for college or certain other vocational training programs and are “totally and permanently disabled” might not have to pay back their Federal loans. Click here for more information.

Other Opportunities

Click on the links below to get more information about specific programs:

Actors for Autism

This organization has a media job-related training program that offers workshops, hands-on experience and internships for adults with disabilities.

The ARC of Los Angeles and Orange Counties

This program offers a variety of educational, vocational and community integration resources.

Exceptional Minds Studio

This program provides young adults with instruction and hands-on experience in multi-media, computer animation, and post-production.

The Help Group’s Advance LA Program

This program offers a variety of skills coaching, transitional living and social opportunities.

JBI International

Originally called the Jewish Braille Institute, this organization provides free large print, braille and audio books for people who are blind or have low vision.

Jewish Educational Trade School

This school for Jewish young men teaches job skills and life skills, and provides Jewish and secular learning.

LA ORT College

This school offers many technical and career programs, including help preparing for the GED exam.

ROSIES Foundation

This program creates employment opportunities through training, apprenticeships, job placement and support.

Tierra Del Sol Foundation

This organization offers several continuing education programs including the Sunland Campus, with instruction in a wide variety of job related areas as well as adult life skills, social/recreational and artistic expression, and the NEXUS program, which provides supportive education on local community college campuses.

Community Day Programs

If you are not interested in continuing education and you are not ready to work, you can think about going to a Community Day Program. These are programs in the community focusing on different kinds of activities. When picking a Community Day Program, it’s important to keep in mind your interests and goals. Click on the links below to learn more about each program.

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ETTA’s Isak Boruchin Adult Day Program

This vendored program provides meaningful community activities like volunteering, self-care skills, job readiness training, and supported employment services.

In Greater Los Angeles 

Creative Steps

This program helps adults with disabilities become active members of the community. It provides job training, life skills, social skills and community awareness training. Recreation programs are also available.

Easter Seals Southern California

This agency provides adult day activities, community events, and job training services.

Golden Heart Ranch Social Living Club

This program, located in the south bay area, offers a variety of skills-building opportunities, social events and learning experiences for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Jay Nolan Community Services

This agency provides support to people with developmental disabilities and their families, including family and employment assistance, supported living, and day activity services.

Los Angeles Goal

This program provides educational, vocational, and recreational programs.

Mychal’s Path to Independence

This is an adult day program focusing on life skills and job readiness, located in the south bay area, for individuals with developmental disabilities ages 18 – 30 (18 with a diploma or 22 with a certificate of completion).

New Horizons

This agency provides a Day Training Activity Center (DTAC), housing services, Sam’s Café, workshops, and supported employment for individuals with special needs and acquired traumatic brain injuries.

TASC (Adult Skills Center)

This center provides a variety of vocational and day time activities for adults with special needs.

Vista Del Mar

This school has programs for adults ages 18-22 who require additional vocational, social and independent living skills before moving beyond high school.

Click here for questions to think about when visiting a community day program.


California’s Employment First policy says that providing opportunities for inclusive and competitive employment for adults with developmental disabilities is a priority for the state.

To learn more about the connection between working and your federal benefits and state entitlements, visit

Department of Rehabilitation Services (DOR)

Adults with disabilities may receive services through the state Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). DOR helps Californians with disabilities find and keep jobs, and  live as independently as possible. Services can include assistive technology, mobility, job training and independent living assistance. Regional centers fund habilitation services for adults with developmental disabilities who want to work but who need more support than the services offered through the state Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).

Habilitation Services - Habilitation services are paid for by Regional Centers and include Work Activity Programs (WAP) and Supported Employment Programs (SEP).

Work Activity Programs (WAP) – These programs include paid work and vocational support services in a sheltered workshop setting.  Contact the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities for more information about the effect of the state’s Employment First policy on sheltered workshops.

Supported Employment Programs (SEP) – These programs help consumers find jobs in the community and provide ongoing support services. If you participate in a supported employment program, chances are you will have a Job Coach. A Job Coach helps adults learn the skills necessary to perform their jobs independently. As you get better at your job, the job coach will help you less and less.

Other Agencies

Employment Development Department (EDD)

The Employment Development Department is part of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. EDD offers a variety of services including referrals to job openings or training, vocational counseling, job search assistance, and workshops and testing.

Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)

JVS can help you figure out which jobs you might want to have and provides training and support for you to get and keep a job.

For an online tool to help you figure out what kinds of jobs you might be interested in doing, click here.

Click on the links below to learn more about the following programs.

In the Jewish Community

Shalom Institute’s Shemesh  Enterprises

This program teaches life skills through farming, crafts, baking, and small business development. Adult fellows with special needs learn all about creating small businesses including farming, preparing, marketing and selling goods.

Jewish Educational Trade School

This school provides Jewish young men the opportunity to learn job and career skills, life skills and participate in Jewish and secular learning.

In Greater Los Angeles

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Best Buddies provides individuals with developmental disabilities with job placement, job coaching, and opportunities for one-on-one friendships.

Bridges From School to Work

This agency matches youth with disabilities between the ages of 17 and 22 with competitive employment positions in the Los Angeles area.

Goodwill Industries of Southern California

This agency provides job placement and employee training programs.  

Mychal’s Howl at the Moon Café  

This pop up coffee service provides coffee and baked goods for community events and private catering. The program offers part-time employment to some participants who have earned their barista training and California Food Handler’s certification during the training period.


This agency places people in work places that are well-matched with their talents, interests, and abilities.

Project SEARCH California

Funded by a grant from the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Project SEARCH works with interested businesses and organizations to build a workforce that includes people with disabilities.

Volunteers of America –Intellectual Disabilities Programs

This agency provides supported employment, housing, and community involvement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

For more information about day programs and work options, click here to be connected with an LAJAC Case Manager or Intake Specialist.

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