Program Description:

Offered at both our Orange and Fullerton campuses, RIO’s Transitional Adult Program (TAP) is a creative day program designed to teach intellectually disabled adults (18 years and older) functional living skills in combination with social, educational, and vocational training services. With a 1:4 staff to participant ratio, TAP provides assistance/services for participants with their ADLs including: toileting assistance, diaper changing, feeding, and medication.
In RIO’s Transitional Adult Program, participants learn the following:
Communication Skills:
  • Social and Community integration
  • Receptive/Expressive language
  • Mobility training
  • Community safety
  • Prioritizing
  • Decision making
  • Participant identification
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Problem solving
  • Use of community resources
  • Involvement in writing a monthly newsletter
Activities of Daily Living:
  • Grooming and hygiene
  • Fine/Gross motor skills
  • Medication management
  • Dressing
  • Laundry skills
  • Meal preparation
  • Money management
  • Use of household appliances/equipment
  • Use of watch/clocks
  • Dental hygiene
Living Skills – Self Advocacy:
  • Functional academics
  • Use of compensatory devices
  • Use of adaptive equipment
  • Use of the telephone
  • Natural consequences
  • Goal setting
  • Occupational, Physical, and Speech therapy (if needed)
Pre-Employment Skills:
  • Following verbal/written directories
  • Follow through
  • Ability to work and get along with others
  • Use of equipment/tools
  • Horticulture, maintenance, and clerical training
  • Job exploration
  • Training on routine and repetitive jobs

How is Improvement Monitored?

  • Formal assessments are conducted for each participant in developing their personal goals and objectives within the various “modules”. 
  • Depending on their progress, he/she may choose to focus their skill training in one or two skill areas rather than all four modules. 
  • As participants meet their goals in each skill area, he/she will be better prepared to pursue less restrictive programming needs.

What are TAP’s Goals?

  • To train participants in functional skills to attain greater independence
  • To provide families, advocates, and care providers with proven strategies toward long term participant success in work service programs and community living
  • To educate and assist participants as they progress in skill level; enabling their advancement through the continuum of services.

Program Hours:

  • Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The program is closed on major holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day

Funding Information:

Contact Information:

Program Director at Orange campus: Savitha Creel – (714) 633-7400, ext. 220
Program Director at Fullerton campus: Sofia Martinez – (714) 680-6060

Appeal Rights Notification:

For complaints go to the Department of Developmental Service website at or call (916) 654-1987