STRIDES: A Program for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 2:30pm (students may attend part-time)

Location: Castro Valley Adult & Career Education Campus
Workplace Skills and Functional Academics
This comprehensive program includes classes in independent living skills, Adult Basic Education (functional academics), community access, social and communication skills, work experience, and work readiness. Our goal is to help each student develop to his or her greatest potential, meet individual goals, and become as independent as possible. Students choose classes aligned with their goals from the following course offerings (may vary):

Life Skills and Functional Academics (ABE)

  • Functional Reading and Writing
  • Functional Math and Money
  • Consumer Education
  • Computer Skills for Social/Leisure
  • Advocacy/Leadership
  • Social/Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Social Interaction & Relationships
  • English as a Second Language
  • American Sign Language
  • Meal Preparation (planning, shopping, cooking)
  • Health, Hygiene & Fitness
  • Personal Safety and First Aid
  • Current Events
  • Sewing/Mending
  • Newsletter Production
  • Time Management

Community Access Skills (ABE)

  • Community Awareness
  • Community/Street Safety
  • Using Public Transportation
  • Community Service
  • Social Skills in the Community

Workplace Skills (CTE)

  • Career Exploration
  • Volunteer Work Experience
  • Food Service Worker
  • Café/Snack Bar Worker
  • Landscaping/Grounds Maintenance
  • Gardening
  • Florist Worker
  • Custodian
  • Recycling
  • Vocational Sewing/Arts
  • Photography
  • Home Repair
  • Office Worker
  • Workplace Communication Skills

Eligibility: Must be 22 years of age, have a primary diagnosis of an intellectual disability, and have the ability to be independent on an adult school campus. A screening committee reviews each application to determine if the program can meet the staff support/educational needs of the applicant.

Tours are available by appointment. For more information, call (510) 886-1000.


Baking in food preparation class
Learning to use iPads
Reading and writing in Functional Academics class