Application for the Beacons FALL Pathfinder Workshop (9/9 - 12/19/2019)
Completion time: Under 10 minutes.

Thank you for applying to our fall workforce development workshop held from September 9 through December 19 (excluding holidays, see Fall Pathfinder page dates), Monday through Thursday.

• AM Workshop: 9:30 - 12:30: Pathfinder Workforce Development Workshop

(For descriptions and more details, please visit the Fall Pathfinder webpage.)

1. SDRC Consumers: Eligible SDRC consumers can attend the Beacons workforce development workshops at no cost if the workshops are part of their IPPs. Beacons SDRC Vendor #PY1700 (Service Code: 102).

To qualify for SDRC funding, applicants must be SDRC consumers aged 18 and older who have earned a diploma, aged out of the district, or who are not participating full time in a district’s adult transition program.

If a SDRC consumer has not met one of these above conditions (for example, is still in an ATP program), the consumer may still be eligible for funding if the applicant's SDRC IPP team determines that an exemption is warranted under WIC § 4648.55 (allowing funding of services even if the consumer is still enrolled in a district program if the consumer''s needs cannot be met in the educational system), or the trainee's IEP team determines that a workshop is needed to meet the trainee's ITP or IEP goals. These determinations are not within the control of Beacons, Inc. and must be resolved through the SDRC or the school district, whichever is applicable.

2. SELF-CARE: Trainees must be independent in their self-care skills. If they are unable to independently tend to their self-care, they must be accompanied by a trainee-provided personal care attendant if they wish to participant in the workshop.

3. PHYSICAL & MENTAL CONDITIONS: The pathfinder programs offer assistive technology and adapted tools to support those with physical disabilities, but does not offer medical care or medical assistance onsite. Individuals with medical needs that require the support of a personal care attendant may attend if accompanied by a trained and self-provided personal care attendant authorized to tend to the medical and other needs of the trainee. Individuals with mental health conditions that may make them disruptive, or cause unsafe conditions for themselves or others are not eligible for the Pathfinder program. Beacons staff does not administer medications or have emergency response teams in place to address or support individuals with significant behavioral challenges.

4. BEHAVIORAL CHARACTERISTICS: Trainees with a history of physical aggression resulting in or risking physical injury to others, self-injurious behaviors, damage to property, elopement, smearing of feces, displays of inappropriate sexual behavior, defiance and/or behaviors that impede the learning of self or others, or other disruptive or maladaptive behaviors, are not eligible for the Pathfinder program.

5. TRANSPORTATION: Trainees must provide their own transportation to and from the workshop(s). For possible transportation options other than Lyft, Uber or the bus, please consider:
a. the NCTD Lift program,
b. the Ride FACT program (,
c. Carlsbad Connector program (starting 8/19/19) (,
d. the WAZE carpool organizer, or
e. the SDRC transportation vendorization program.

6. WORKSHOP READINESS: The Pathfinder programming and instructional ratio are designed for those with mild/moderate disabilities who are able to tend to lessons, pose questions if needed, and follow and comply with instructional demands and instructor’s commands.

7. WHAT IF TRAINEE IS STRUGGLING? If a trainee needs additional assistance, trainees may receive up to 2 additional hours of training per week.

SDRC vendorization is expected to be in place by September 1, 2019. To have a workshop funded, SDRC consumers should immediately contact their service coordinator to ask if an addendum to their IPP (Individual Program Plan) can be prepared to request a POS (purchase of services) to pay for a Beacons workshop. A sample letter is included on the Fall Pathfinder webpage. For assistance, please contact:

Workshops are limited to a maximum of 10 individuals, with a ratio of approximately 10 trainees to 3 staff. A workshop must have a minimum of 4 trainees in order to proceed. In the event a workshop has not met a minimum enrollment number, Beacons, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the workshop.

If interested in a workshop, please submit this Application to start the enrollment process.

Submission of this application will reserve a spot in a workshop if the applicant is accepted. However, this application is only the first step in the enrollment process. Before an applicant can be accepted, this application must be reviewed by the Beacons Programming team to explore each applicant's workshop readiness and eligibility. After this initial review, a Beacons representative will contact the person completing this form by email and/or by telephone within two (2) business days to discuss next steps.

RESTRICTIONS: Beacons workshops are not sufficiently staffed for individuals with a history of elopement, bullying, disruptive behaviors, self injurious behaviors or behaviors that are likely to injure others, or who have medical or other issues that require 1:1 assistance or monitoring. If a trainee wishes to provide his/her own trained support, please contact us to discuss. Thank you!
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