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 (August 24 - December 17, 2020)

The following workshops will be offered in Fall of 2020:
1. Customer Service Skills

2. Entrepreneurial Skills 

Steps needed: 

1. Complete
Consent to Communicate Form

2. Contact your SDRC Service coordinator to discuss your interest in the workshop and the possibility of getting a "purchase of service" to fund the workshop;

3. Send your IPP (and any addendums) and CDER to: Pathfinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com
(If you do not have these or do not know what they are, please speak to your SDRC Service coordinator)

4. If an individual is conserved, please email a copy of the Letters of Conservatorship so that Beacons can document the legal status of the participant in case there is an emergency or need for legally binding decisions.


After these items have been submitted, a Beacons representative will contact you to set up a meeting to review the Application Form and answer any questions.

All workshops include:

• pre- and post-unit assessments, 

• all materials needed for hands-on site pre-training,

• technology training to help with post-workshop employment and/or educational pursuits

• creation of online tools such as accommodation plans, job application templates, and customized

  letters for employers, 

• meetings with local employers and visits to business sites to discuss hiring needs and practices,

• job applications and support for interviews arranged during the workshop

• creation of websites for employment profiles and/or entrepreneurial pursuits,

• adapted pacing and integrated assistive technology to optimize learning and engagement,

• self-assessments of interests and profiles,  

• skill inventories to help identify areas of need for training and further development/support,

• person-centered planning and person-driven planning meetings for post-workshop transitioning, 

• an extensive exploration of community resources,

• a comprehensive summary of progress made during the workshop,

  and more!

Workshops conclude with a person-driven planning meeting to document the trainee's interests and needs to support the transition to services and opportunities post-workshop.  

Pathways:  Upon completion of a workshop, trainees typically transition to Tailored Day, employment (e.g. paid internships and/or competitive integrated employment), post-secondary educational options, 

Cher Graham (click here for more information)
Seton Conley


Ratio: Workshops have a 10:3 maximum ratio.


Entrance Criteria: Workshops are designed for those with mild/moderate disabilities aged 18+ who want to further their vocational training to improve employment options, and who can attend and follow directions. 

Digital Badge(s): Yes

Certificate(s): Yes

Employment Pathway(s): Paid internships and competitive integrated employment.

Capacity: Min. 5/Max. 10

Payment: Beacons workshops can be funded through the San Diego Regional Center for eligible consumers (e.g. consumers who have exited their school districts by aging out or earning a diploma (see below for ATP students). 

*Our workshops were made possible in part from funding from the National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR),  grant funding from the Qualcomm Foundation and vendorization by the San Diego Regional Center. Beacons thanks these organizations for their vision and support.



 Recommended for: Trainees interested in employment with local businesses in retail, restaurants, hospitality, animal care and other customer-driven sectors.

Workshop will focus on: 


  • workplace and soft skills such cashier skills, pre- and post-hiring social skills, and other tasks used in setting that require a high level of customer interaction;

  • creation of "forever" tools to support job searches, applying for jobs, identify accommodations for the workplace, how to use and request of accommodation;

  • learning about person-centered planning to devise a post-workshop plan and running a person-driven meeting to implement the plan;

  • development of an online employment profile through creation of a website;

  • and more!

Each unit includes pre- and post-unit assessments to measure progress, with extra hours for instructional support if needed to reach proficient levels in a targeted area. Workshop includes applying to local jobs during the workshop, support at interviews during the workshop, meeting with employers to learn about their interview process, job tasks and hiring opportunities.


 Recommended for: Trainees interested in starting their own business (or growing their existing business), and learning how to market and sell products. Instruction includes assistive technology, creation of accommodations, and other tools to increase independence and sustainability of the business.

Workshop will focus on: 


  • community sales skills such as cashier skills, customer interaction skills, branding and marketing;

  • basic office skills for record-keeping and order /inventory management;

  • fulfillment and tracking of orders through spreadsheets;

  • creation of "forever" tools to support sales and orders;

  • person-centered planning to devise a post-workshop plan and a person-driven meeting to implement the plan;

  • development of a commercial website linked to payment processor/merchant card carrier;

  • and more!

Each unit includes pre- and post-unit assessments to measure progress, with extra hours for instructional support if needed to reach proficient levels in a targeted area, creation of a marketing email tool, meeting with retailers to discuss possible produce placement, and the making of items to help with product displays.


ATP Students: Under § 4648.55 of the Lanterman Act, the SDRC cannot pay for services for individuals aged 18 to 22 years if that consumer is still eligible for special education through a school district. Only if the IPP team agrees that the "consumer's needs cannot be met in the educational system" or grants an exemption under subsection (d) may the SDRC purchase vocational education services. However, payment for a workshop can be done through a school district if the IEP team agrees that a workshop is needed to help a student meet his/her ITP transition goals related to securing competitive integrated employment or a paid internship. (Payment per a settlement agreement may also be an option). Click here for more information.



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Workshop Hours
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Mon - Thurs.

Community Outing

Consent Form

Beacons, Inc.


6150 Yarrow Dr., Ste. E

Carlsbad, CA 92011









Each Trainee will be provided with their own 15.6" touchscreen 

Chromebook w/ a mouse accessory, but may bring their own device if they prefer.

Instructor: Cher Graham

Cher Graham is the lead instructor for the Beacons Workforce Development workshops. Highly recommended by families of students she taught in a local ATP program, Ms. Graham has been with Beacons since September 2019. 


Cher has served as an educator for over 10 years working with individuals with disabilities as a Special Education Coordinator, Program Specialist and teacher. Cher has a Masters in Education, a Level 1 Administrative Services Credential, a Moderate/Severe Education Specialist Credential, and a B.A. in Business Administration. As a Special Education teacher, Cher has a strong record of advocating for and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as supporting their families. Formerly, she has been recognized as a “Distinguished Employee,” helped implement a Best Buddies program at the high school level, started a Kiwanis Action Club service organization for students with disabilities, and was influential in bringing a Special Olympics event to her district during her leadership as a Special Education Coordinator.

Cher also contributes her expertise as a former restaurant owner and a current small business owner to help our trainees build workforce skills and employment pathways. As a restaurant owner and operator, she managed over 40 employees and oversaw all aspects of the business including payroll, scheduling and staff meetings. During her ownership, she employed and coordinated numerous employees with disabilities through the ROP and Workability programs, and will use those skills to help our trainees become employees. It was during her time as a business owner that she discovered her true passion of helping people with disabilities find their place, and be included, as a valuable member of the workforce and society.  

Instructor: Seton Conley

For the past year, Seton has co-taught with Cher Graham as an assistant instructor for both the Beacons Office Skills and Customer Service Skills vocational training workshops. Seton also serves as a lead instructor for the Beacons summer exploration workshops. 

A graduate from California State San Marcos with a Bachelor's in Communication, Seton also has over 13 years experience working in child care and with individuals with developmental disabilities, communication facilitation, assistive and operational technology. Her technology background was critical in helping Beacons transition its vocational workshops to a virtual platform within one business day of the Governor's shelter-in-place executive order so that trainees could continue their daily 3-hour instruction without delay or interruption. See, "Beacons, Inc. and MiraCosta lead the way in virtual instruction, while some districts have yet to launch." Link. Seton also helps enhance curriculum with the creation of gaming options to optimize learning and engagement.


Seton is proficient in American Sign Language and works with individuals with communication deficits who are nonverbal or who have speech dysfluencies. She strives to empower our trainees by teaching positive life and social skills to help individuals with disabilities build bridges to their social, employment and educational communities.  


Beacons observes all state holidays. 

2020 State Holidays
1/1: New Year's Day

1/20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

2/17: President's Day 

3/31: César Chávez Day
5/25: Memorial Day

7/3: Independence Day Holiday (Observed)

9/7: Labor Day

11/11: Veteran's Day

11/26 & 27: Thanksgiving

12/25: Christmas 

2020 Winter Break:
December 17 -  January 11 (2021)

Workshop Ratios Spring 2020: 3:10 (Instructors/Trainees)

Workshop Max allowed: 10 Trainees

Workshop Minimum required: 4 Trainees 

Curriculum: Beacons uses customized original curriculum that integrates assistive technology and alternative response and presentation options. Included: Community worksite visits, materials and more all included! 

MonitoringWorkshops include pre- and post-assessments that are knowledge and performance based.

Costs: For eligible SDRC consumers, the SDRC will fund one workshop per session. Trainees with achievement levels of 3 for the majority of the units are not eligible to repeat.


Tutoring available? Up to 2 hours per week are included at no extra cost to reach proficiency.


Beacons, Inc. is a California 501(c)(3) tax exempt public benefit nonprofit.
EIN #82-5388073

Physical Address:

6150 Yarrow Drive, Suite E

Carlsbad, CA 92011

Contact Emails 

General: BeaconsNorthCounty@gmail.com
Club Beacons: Club@BeaconsNorthCounty.com
Pathfinder Workshops: Pathfinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com

Tailored Day: TailoredDay@BeaconsNorthCounty.com



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