The program includes support on college campuses, internships and volunteer opportunities with community partners, and a wide selection of workshops and activities designed to spark passion and bolster independence. Participants in GAP select from our menu of options to create individual schedules comprised of activities that match their goals and interests. Many young adults attend college one to four days a week and participate in GAP’s community programs on other days of the week. Young adults who have either completed college or are not interested in taking classes participate in the community programs up to five days a week.
GAP is composed of four core values: educational exploration, vocational development, self advocacy, and social/interpersonal development.
GAP staff provide academic support on campus at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Santa Monica College (SMC) and West Los Angeles College (WLAC). GAP staff are on site regularly to help students navigate campus resources, select and register for courses, as well as interface with professors, school counselors, tutors and other campus departments.
GAP engages in many partnerships in the community to aide with providing vocational opportunities, including Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, We Rock the Spectrum and more. As young adults express interest in new fields, GAP works to find new opportunities that fit their goals.
GAP supports, encourages, and assists young adults in self-advocacy interactions that allow them to express their needs and wants to other individuals. GAP staff work closely with young adults to learn how to identify and express their needs to their peers, families, staff, teachers and their community.
Young adults have the opportunity to engage in variety of social interpersonal interactions with peers, staff, and members of the community. With GAP, young adults build camaraderie, acceptance and develop a sense of belonging. GAP offers unique experiences for building social skills and societal awareness including summer and winter outings, barbecues in the park, holiday parties and day trips around Los Angeles.
Each individual has a unique set of goals and GAP hosts various workshops and activities to help them reach those goals.
California Regional Center Consumer* or Private Pay
Expressed desire to pursue college or employment within the next two years
Ability to stay safe in the community with minimal support
*Diagnosed with ASD, TBI, ID, DD, CP, and/or other developmental disability as the primary diagnosis