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HOPE-De Anza Program at De Anza College

 

The HOPE-De Anza program at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, is designed to prepare job seekers with disabilities for successful job placement in supported or community employment and to have students actively participate in their communities. The goal is to provide a range of activities that advance students toward their personal and employment goals. To that end, students participate work activity and floor production tasks at two work center locations as well as participate in classes. In partnership with HOPE Services since 1975, HOPE-De Anza works with under-served adults who have Intellectual disabilities characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills (includes student’s diagnosed with mental retardation, Down’s Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and/or related conditions). (HOPE Services is a CARF accredited agency which is considered the gold standard, the premiere accrediting body for rehabilitation programs. Facilities that are CARF-accredited must meet stringent international standards.) To advance students towards their employment goals, De Anza Instruction focuses on skill development in the following areas: professional attitudes, professional behaviors, work skills, self-confidence, employment strategies, communication and expression, civic and personal responsibility, physical wellness.  The successful thirty-nine year partnership between HOPE Services and De Anza College affords students with services that are greater than either could provide alone. De Anza College enrolled students at HOPE have access to other services afforded students with disabilities, such as registration assistance, audio-visual resources, a computer lab at each site and specialized instruction. De Anza College staff collaborate with the HOPE supported employment department and play an important role in preparing students for community based jobs.

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