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 consumer ratio, TAP provides assistance/services for consumers with their ADL’s including: toileting assistance, diaper changing, feeding, and medication.
In RIO’s Transitional Adult Program, consumers learn the following:
Communication Skills:
  • Social and Community integration
  • Receptive/Expressive language
  • Mobility training
  • Community safety
  • Prioritizing
  • Decision making
  • Consumer 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 on each consumer who participates in developing their personal goals and objectives within the various “modules”.
Depending on the consumer’s progress, he/she may choose to focus their skill training in one or two skill areas rather than all four modules.
As consumer’s 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 consumers in functional skills to attain greater independence
  • To provide families, advocates, and care providers with proven strategies toward long term consumer success in work service programs and community living
  • To educate and assist consumers 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: Sandra Walker – (714) 633-7400, ext. 218
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