DPAC provides training and support based upon the individual participant’s goals, needs and strengths as stated in their Individual Program Plan (IPP) and Individual Service Plan (ISP) in integrated settings. Opportunities to learn and develop occur in the center and in the community. The staff support consumers to learn and develop appropriate skills to be accepted and active in their community. Communication, behavioral and social skills development and management are infused into all activities. The areas listed below are a sample of opportunities that will be provided routinely.
Self Advocacy and Self Determination: Consumers are active in determining the daily activities they want to be involved in from a menu of choices.
Socialization and Interpersonal Skills: Consumers are involved social skills groups and have the opportunity to develop new relationships and skills to help them become active participants in their community. Focus is on supporting consumers to understand and use appropriate social interactions, to learn how to recognize the needs of others, and to know how their interaction leads to building a relationship.
Academics: Reading, writing and basic math are offered for consumers in the center. Consumers who are interested in continuing academic learning and are able to be in the community will be supported to look at enrolling in Adult Education and/or community college learning opportunities.
Independent Living and Community Access: Activities are designed to help each consumer develop skills to be safe in the community, including how to get information, how to identify where you are, using public transportation, etc. Consumers work towards developing skills to deal with emergency and safety issues that arise in the community and how they can find resources to help them through such situations.
Community responsibility: Consumers learn about their rights and responsibilities as a member of the community, including citizenship and their responsibility to vote, the importance of making informed decisions when voting, social responsibility (i.e., volunteering), and environmental responsibility. Consumers may become members of community clubs, social and volunteer organizations.
Vocational Skill Training: Job training, literacy, money management, computers, cooking, gardening activities are offered. Volunteer activities are available to provide job skill practice/training. Consumers who are interested in employment and able to be in the community are supported to find and/or maintain jobs in the community, using community resources, like one-stops and EDD, resume and interviewing classes.
Recreation and Leisure Activities: As a part of planning their weekly activities, opportunities for recreational and leisure activities will be explored, such as fitness activities and clubs, meeting with peers and other friends to plan recreational activities, going to the library or cultural events. Physical activity that emphasizes body awareness, coordination, mind/body connection as well as active sports will be offered daily. Interactive activities such as games (indoor board games and outdoor cooperative games) will provide instruction in leisure as well.
Personal Health, Safety and Hygiene: Community success and acceptance often has a component of how well an individual presents, so reviewing and practicing appropriate hygiene skills helps consumers to be better able to fit into their community. Consumers who are active in their community need to practice good communication. Consumers will be worked with to make sure they have verbal or non-verbal communication skills that allow them to be understood and work within the community, so they can be successful. Consumers will also work towards understanding others and appropriately utilizing communication supports.
Creative Self expression: Consumers may choose to be involved in opportunities for self expression. DPAC Day Program will offer arts, crafts, drawing, dance, acting, mime, drumming and other arts and performance classes.