Program Description:

RIO’s Transitional Adult Program (TAP) is a creative day program that specializes in serving adults, 18 years and older, who have intellectual disabilities. Offered at our Orange and Fullerton campuses, participants learn functional living, educational, and employment skills. 
At our Orange Campus, participants attend a variety of classes throughout the day and engage in different activities. Class topics include Health & Wellness, Pre-Employment & Academics, Social Development, Creativity & Self-Expression, and Multi-Sensory Learning. Participants also have the opportunity to attend different elective classes, including Career Development, Computers, Aquatics, Fitness Camp, Music and Seminars.
Overall, participants learn the following skills:
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:

Admissions Contact Information:

Contact: Lisa Jenks or Isabel Casillas
Phone: (714) 633-7400, ext. 253 or 280
Email: or

Appeal Rights Notification:

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