“Before my son turned 21 I attended several seminars regarding programs available for adults 21 and over. I looked at what he liked and disliked. I reviewed the things he did and what I wanted him to continue learning. I spoke to his teachers and school aids and got ideas about activities and tasks he performed and how these activities will help them after 21.
My son has a very outgoing personality and I wanted a setting that would help him to grow, while focusing on his level of functionality and his ability to engage in those activities.
I chose the R.A.P program because it has a setting comparable and compatible to my son’s living condition. The program offers activities and a curriculums such as Job Training Skills, Independent Living, Personal Skills and Meal Preparation Skills. These types of skill are lifelong skills and necessary for everyday life. They have helped my son to become more independent at home and more helpful around the house. The staff is helpful, caring and attentive.
My son loves attending this program; he loves the interaction and socialization with the other clients and staff. I am grateful that this program exists because it has been very beneficial to my son and my family.”
I am a single parent of two adult children with severe developmental disabilities. Finding the right Adult Day Program for my children has been extremely challenging. That is until I was introduced to The RAP Program affiliated with St. Joseph's School for the Blind.
The program designed by St. Joseph's School for the Blind for the RAP clients cannot compare to other programs my children, Lauren and Michael, attended in past years. Each client has an Individual Learning Program that is followed on a daily basis. They work on everything from learning to feed themselves to some clients actually cooking and doing laundry. At the end of each day my children come home with written communication to keep me informed as to how their day went. St. Joseph's School for the Blinds RAP program far exceeded my expectations.
I would like to thank the RAP Program Director, Ms. Maureen Weining and the trained professional staff, especially staff supervisor, Ms. Darlene, for promoting kind and loving care to my children and understanding their inability to cape at times. At the end of each day, Lauren and Michel come home smiling because they are extremely happy after a day full of activity.
My name is Claudia Vasquez, I am 28 years old. I started going to the RAP Program in December 2013. My favorite thing to do in the program is cooking. I also like taking care of Nemo (our pet fish), going in the pool and going out in the community. I go home every day tell my brother everything that I did that day. I wish all my friends would come to the RAP Program.