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Strides: A Program for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 2:30pm

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):

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

Request Strides information:

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
  • 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
  • Photography
  • Office Worker
  • Workplace Communication Skills

Eligibility: Must be at least 22 years of age, have a primary diagnosis of an intellectual disability, be independent on an adult school campus, and Regional Center of the East Bay client. A committee reviews each application to determine if the program can meet the applicant's needs.


Application Process

  • Submit applicant's contact information:
  • The applicant and a caregiver attend a tour.
  • The caregiver and program staff schedule a pre-screening phone call to determine if the applicant meets the entrance criteria and, if so, their name is added to the waitlist.
  • When there is an opening, a committee reviews the individual's Application Packet to determine if the program can meet the individual's needs. If so, the individual is offered a trial visit.
  • Program acceptance is determined by the successful completion of a trial visit.