Beacons, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public benefit nonprofit
empowering adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
Ready for some fun! We always are! 2023 Schedule will be posted by April 28.
Beacons offers mini vocational exploration workshops in July to help individuals aged 16+ with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities explore and develop career readiness skills to support vocational pathways! Individuals who are able to perform activities and lessons with minimal prompting or assistance, and manage their own self-care,* are encouraged to apply! (For additional criteria, please see Registration Form).
SDRC Funded? Up to 32 hours for the summer session may be approved by the SDRC for eligible consumers. Consumers may select up to 4 workshops of their own choosing (depending on space availability) using this funding ("private pay" required for more than 4 workshops).
Onsite or Virtual?
Beacons will be onsite for summer 2023, though some virtual workshops may be available. For the month of July, there will be at least two workshops in the am, and 2 in the pm (approximately 4 workshops per week). Each workshop is 2 hours a day, 4 days each week for a total of 8 hours.
Enrollment is on a first-come first-served basis and workshops often have waitlists so please apply early!
1. Application: 2023 Application coming soon!
2. Covid Waiver form: Link
3. Communication and Photo Consent form: Link
Monday - Thursday Workshops:
AM session: 10 am - 12 pm
PM session: 1 - 3 pm
Workshop size & ratio:
Max: 10 participants per workshop
Min: 5 participants (workshops with less than 5 may be canceled or rescheduled)
Ratios: 10:3, although most may have smaller ratios depending on the workshop. Please read Application form (see above) to learn more about participants in need of 1:1 support.
Questions? Please contact:
Individuals in need of assistance with self-care should contact Beacons to discuss whether there is room for the individual to attend with a self-provided personal care attendant. The week of 6/21 Beacons hosts an instructional aide training workshop for individuals who have completed our vocational workshops and have expressed an interest in teaching, (By invitation only with potential for part-time summer employment post workshop).
Costs & Payment Options:
1. SDRC Consumers: SDRC consumers aged 18+ should contact their service coordinators in writing to determine if they are eligible for SDRC funding of the summer vocational workshops. If the consumer IS eligible, the consumer's current IPP and "purchase of service" (POS) should be sent to: PathFinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com. Once approved, a PathFinder team member will contact you to discuss further steps and to ensure the application meets entrance criteria set forth in the application. Once approved, applicant may select the workshops of interest.
Beacons Vendor Number:
#PY1700, Code: 102, Subcode: Summer
2. Private Pay? Yes, if not otherwise eligible for SDRC funding. Individuals may pay privately if they are not eligible for SDRC funding because they are still in a school district, or because they want to do more than 4 workshops. Our Board works hard to fundraise throughout the year to help subsidize workshops to keep them at an affordable cost for those not eligible for SDRC funding. Each 8 hour workshop for 2022 will be $120 per workshop (or $15 per hour for supervised fun). If you have any questions, please contact Pathfinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com.
Private paying individuals will be invoiced once all application materials have been completed and enrollment eligibility confirmed.
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