Our Adult Life Enrichment Program (age 18+) provides day habilitation in an environment conducive for growth and socialization. Participants are offered a variety of structured activities designed to enhance their quality of life.
Adults are grouped by their level of need and if possible their age. Class curriculum is based around seven domains; each domain is based on functional skills that clients can use in their daily lives, as well as exposure to activities that will expand their current knowledge.
Our Curriculum Includes
Reading, sight-word games and vocabulary expansion focusing on current events, holidays, and traditions. We use hard copy print materials as well as iPads and Apple TV technology during this domain. Materials and activities are customized for the many different reading levels of our participants.
- Number Sense
Number recognition, basic math functions, and real-world application of number skills such as currency.
- Cooking & Exploration
Exposure to hands on scientific experiments as well as cooking activities. This domain integrates gardening activities with cooking and healthy eating/lifestyle choices. It works on the social aspect of sharing with peers, and learning recipes that can be re-created at home.
- Community & Social Skills
Learning about the San Antonio community (rodeo, fiesta, etc), as well as exposure to different locales within the community and how to act, dress, and communicate with others. Emphasis on practicing and modeling good social skills/etiquette, home safety, and healthy relationships.
Focusing on movement as a way to strive toward a healthy lifestyle. We participate in structured activities such as Zumba, Aerobics, Walking technique, and others. We integrate the use of the large screen TVs within our classrooms and follow along with work-out videos; Richard Simmons is always a favorite!
- Lifeskills This domain focuses on everyday tasks such as: Washing hands. Folding clothes. Doing dishes. Identifying cookware.
- Must be diagnosed with a intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD)
- Must be 18 or over
- Must not exhibit aggressive behavior or be a danger to themselves or others
- Must not be at high risk for elopement (running away)
- Must not be medically fragile or need extensive medical care (diapering, toileting, and tube-feeding are accepted)
- Must be able to handle reasonably crowded or stimulating environments in the community
Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP)
The Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) allows adults with disabilities the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteer projects with Meals on Wheels, Project4Paws, and The San Antonio Food Bank.
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**After school and summer care is available for teens/young adults (18-22) who are still in high school.
For more information on the adult program, please contact:
(210) 490-4300 ext. 119
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The Arc has begun providing behavioral support services for our Life Enrichment Program participants on an individual basis. Our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Wendy Guffey, along with multiple Registered Behavioral technicians (RBT) work with individual Arc participants to address and modify behaviors that may be problematic for the participant and their families.
The overall goal of behavior supports is to improve the quality of life for the individual. Behavior supports will utilize the application of applied behavior analysis and target socially significant behaviors. Those targets are identified as a result of a thorough assessment (i.e. skill or behavioral) and could address areas such as:
- Functional communication (i.e. development and utilization of a communication system);
- Social Skills (i.e. initiating and reciprocating greetings, sharing/turn-taking with others, accepting no, waiting);
- Daily Living Skills (i.e. wiping tables, identifying the value of currency, washing dishes, preparing a meal);
- Behavior enhancement procedures (i.e. increasing compliance, increasing participation in activities)
- Behavior reduction procedures (i.e. decreasing incidents of aggression, classroom disruptions, verbal outbursts).
All behavioral interventions are individualized and aim to increase functional living skills.
There is a shortage of BCBA providers in the San Antonio area, so The Arc is very happy to now have this capability on our staff. If you would like to find out more about how to obtain these support services for your Arc participant, please contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-490-4300.