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Adult Transition Program



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ATP at bus stop


San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) and the North Coast Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE) provide an Adult Transition  Program (ATP) for qualifying young adults with disabilities aged 18-22 years of age.  Eligibility is determined by the IEP team. 


The ATP provides training and instruction to facilitate transition from public school into appropriate adult programs and supported work placements.  The emphasis is to work toward a level of independence for every student (based upon the level of their disability) in the areas of living, working, and community involvement.  Young adults in the program will be encouraged to make choices, participate in work experiences, interact with others in the community and strengthen their confidence level and social skills.


The daily structure of the program may include work experience, a lunch break, and various activities including college classes, P.E., mobility training, shopping, and eating out.  The program is intentionally situated off-campus.  By meeting each day in a community setting, the young adults in the program are introduced to an environment similar to the one into which they will eventually transition and allows opportunities for students to regularly interface with the public. 


Work experience, (when appropriate), provides students with the opportunity to acquire skills, assess strengths, and determine work preferences.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to support students in transition from high school to adult life through classroom and community-based experiences that build on a student’s interests and abilities.

Key Features

·         A structured and predictable environment in a public location

·         A functional academic curriculum combined with community-based activities

·         Three separate classes that address the needs of different levels of disability

·         Age appropriate community activities and experiences

·         Collaboration with agencies to facilitate a smooth transition to appropriate adult agencies and services based on individual needs and abilities

ATP News
The San Diego Regional Center Communicator is now online!
Previous SDRC newsletters:

(Interagency Transition Services Task Force)
ITST is a collaboration between 4 Workability programs (San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad and San Dieguito) and 18 of the local agencies and programs that support transitioning students with disabilities.  We meet quarterly to share information and update procedures and policies.  Parents and students are invited to explore the Program Information Sheets to learn more about the various north county programs and agencies that may meet their needs.  Many of the agencies that support young adults with moderate to severe disabilities require that the person is a San Diego Regional Center client.  Please pay close attention to the Eligibility Requirements.  Our hope is that this resource will be a starting point for students and parents when researching available post secondary support programs.  

Other Resources 
Each year San Diego Family Magazine publishes a special needs resource guide for families and agencies in San Diego County, Flourishing Families. It is a comprehensive list of behavior, education and health resources located here in San Diego County and beyond.

Use this Flourishing Families 2015 link to take the digital issue “to go” and you’ll have access to it on your iPad, tablet or mobile phone.

Please access specific information relating to disability resources, job searches, volunteer opportunities etc.
on the relevant San Marcos Unified School District SPED pages: http://www.smusd.org/Domain/37


Self- Advocacy Online

Find self-advocacy groups, view stories from self-advocates, learn about self-advocacy and research self-advocacy. 

Transition Activities and Instruction

A typical day may include the following instructional components and activities:

Functional Academics
SMHS Student Store  

Money Management: Counting money, comparing prices, paying for items, budgeting pay, writing checks, paying bills, using a debit card, maintaining a balance sheet, banking, reading statements

Basic Skills: Telling the time, reading ads, using the internet, and reading news-papers for pertinent information

Vocational Skills
  Work Experience 1

Work Experience: Off-campus supervised work experience at various locations and in a variety of jobs including work enclaves and piece work, (assembly line skills)

Job Readiness: Writing resumes, practicing interview skills, completing job applications and time cards, projecting pay, and exploring job options 

Job Retention: Appropriate behavior, personal hygiene, and professional dress in the workplace

Supported Employment: When appropriate, students may participate in a WorkAbility subsidized work experience. 

 Cooking Skills  

Life Skills: Using public transportation, understanding street safety, stranger awareness, shopping for food, clothing, and other items, ordering from a menu at a restaurant, following schedules, making appointments, and exploring living options for the future

Domestic Skills: Planning and preparing simple meals, using a dishwasher, washer, and dryer 

Recreation & Leisure
Community # 2  

Personal fitness, attending classes of interest at Palomar College with College-aged peers, social activities, using community services, and accessing community agencies

Contact Information




442 W. Mission Rd.

San Marcos, CA 92069

Office: (760) 591-4209

Fax : (760) 591-9064



Angela Castro

Tel: (760) 591-9453


Mike Redman

Tel: (760) 591-0722

 Tim Evilsizer

Tel: (760) 591-0657

Email: timothy.evilsizer@smusd.org



Mary Bunker

Tel: (760) 290-2555



Joanne Wimsatt

Tel: (760) 290-2555
Last Modified on March 3, 2015