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Adults with Disabilities

The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Therefore, we are providing distance learning opportunities for all current students in lieu of on-site classes.

Please contact Karen Lingenfelter, Program Coordinator, via email at if you have any questions or concerns.

During these difficult and unpredictable times, we hope that our students and their families remain safe and healthy.

Thank you! 

Program Description

The Adults with Disabilities department is composed of three unique programs serving the needs of adults with disabilities.
Life Skills
The Life Skills Program serves adults with developmental disabilities providing training in independent living skills, pre-vocational skills, social/relationship skills, computer skills and functional academics. This program is supported by the Regional Center of the East Bay.

The On Track Program
The On Track Program
addresses the needs of adults who have suffered an acquired brain injury. Unlike any other program in the Bay Area, we provide 
cognitive retraining, memory skills development, independent living skills and career exploration at an affordable price.

The Transition Options ProgramThe Transition Options Program (TOPS) is a one of a kind program providing education and support to adults with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism and other related disorders. Students receive education and support in successfully navigating life’s on-going transitions including, higher education, independent living, employment and the establishment of fulfilling adult social relationships.

Life Skills Program — For Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Life Skills ProgramThe Life Skills Program is a unique educational program for adults with developmental disabilities who are consumers of the Regional Center of the East Bay. It strives to develop each student’s maximum potential and independence through instruction in independent living skills, social/communication skills, job training and community access. Application required. (There may be a waitlist.) For more information call (925) 685-7340, Ext. 6723.

10:00am-4:00pm - M-F - 4/13-7/17

Transition Options Program (TOPS)

Autism MenThis program addresses the unique needs of adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, High functioning Autism and related disorders who are transitioning to higher education, independent living and/or employment. The curriculum is comprehensive and specifically designed to meet the individual needs of participants. For more information, call (925) 685-7340, Ext. 6721.

12:30-4:30pm - T-F - 4/14-7/17

On Track—A Program for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

On Track Program

This program provides a structured environment that assists individuals with ABI to relearn old skills, develop new coping skills, increase independence, learn about community resources, build self-esteem, and improve cognitive skills. Emphasis is placed on self-esteem building, understanding one’s own injury, cognitive skill building, and personal goal setting. For more information call (925) 685-7340, Ext. 2747.


10:00am-3:00pm - T/W/TH - 4/14-7/16

Project SEARCH

Project Search
Mt. Diablo Adult Education in partnership with Contra Costa ARC, Department of Rehabilitation, Regional Center of the East Bay and the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Walnut Creek is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the next cohort for Project SEARCH. This total workplace immersion training program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities provides a nine-month paid internship at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Walnut Creek. Interns gain competitive and marketable skills with the support of an instructor and skills trainers.


9:00am-3:30pm - M-F - 3/9-10/30

For more information contact: Barbara Saylor, Project SEARCH Manager, CCARC at

Workplace Essential Skills

This class is offered at the Marriott Walnut Creek for participants in the Toolworks Hospitality Internship program. This unique program provides full workplace immersion for 6-8 interns along with classroom instruction in professionalism, workplace safety and vocabulary, communication skills, problem solving and pre-employment skills such as resume development and interview skills. Interns who successfully complete this class and the 7-9 month internship will be trained and prepared to enter the world of work and achieve competitive integrated employment. Participants must be a consumer of the Regional Center of the East Bay and have successfully completed the screening and interview process for the internship program.

For more information contact: Kelly Kramer, at or Terry Goodwin at

9:00-11:00am - M/F


Room: AD1

Office Hours:  
8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Phone: 925-685-7340 ext. 6720

Contact: Karen Lingenfelter-Carman, Program Coordinator

All programs require a phone interview and a visit to the program for potential students. A wait list may exist in any program. 


The mission of the Adults with Disabilities Department is to provide high quality programs and classes which support the development of independence, work readiness, personal growth and participation in the community, in an atmosphere which promotes self-acceptance, mutual respect, self-determination, choice, dignity and personal fulfillment


Upon leaving the program, students will have the knowledge, skills, self-confidence and supports necessary to successfully participate in the community through achieving the highest level of personal independence possible including the least restrictive living environment, volunteer and/or paid employment, establishment of healthy relationships, and the pursuance of personal growth and fulfillment.