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Fall Pathfinder - 8/24/20 (Status: FULL)


 (August 24 - December 18, 2020)

The following workshops will be offered in Fall of 2020:
Customer Service Skills (Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12 Noon)

2. Entrepreneurial Skills  (Monday - Friday, 1 pm - 3:30 pm) 


Fall Instructors
Seton Conley

Tyler Hershey

Steps needed 

1. Forms: Please complete the following forms:
Consent to Communicate FormLink

    c) General Waiver: Link

    d) Covid-19 Release & Assumption of Risk: Link (for those training onsite)

2. SDRC Consumers: Please contact your service coordinator to discuss your interest in the workshop and the possibility of getting a "purchase of service" to fund the workshop. If one of these workshops support the IPP goals or and IPP addendum, the SDRC will need to send Beacons:

a) the "purchase of service" or POS;

b) IPP and any addendums; and

c) the individual's "CDER."

All collateral or documents should be sent to Pathfinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com.

3. Conserved Individuals: 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 or received, a Beacons representative will contact you to set up an intake or screening meeting to review the application and materials.

All workshops include:

• pre- and post-unit assessments, 

• all materials needed for hands-on training,

• creation of online "forever" tools such as accommodation plans, job application templates, and customized letters for employers, 

• meetings with local employers 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.


Virtual or Onsite?  All workshops are currently scheduled to be virtual due to state and county health orders. If the workshops are transitioned back onsite, all individuals will have their own materials and plexiglass-protected individualized workspaces. Virtual option will continue even if we move onsite for those who need or prefer the virtual option.

Pathways Upon completion of a workshop, trainees typically transition to a 1:1 mentoring program called "Tailored Day" to pursue a paid internship and/or competitive integrated employment, and/or post-secondary educational options. For those trainees receiving support through the Self Determination program, services are also available to help implement the trainee's personal plan as well.


Ratio:  To comply with spatial distancing and other safety measures, our workshops are expected to have ratios of no more than 6:2 (instead of our regular 10:3). Beacons reserves the right to cancel a workshop in the event there are less than 5 trainees enrolled.


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. Please review our application for more details. Link

Digital Badge(s): Yes. To reflect their acquisition of skills, trainees are awarded digital badges to place on their online employment profiles. Link

Certificate(s): Yes. Trainees are given certificates aligned with each unit that reflect the skills they have demonstrated independently.

Employment Pathway(s): Paid internships, competitive integrated employment, and/or self employment.

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.


Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - Noon
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.

Fall 2020 Notice: Due to the virtual nature of the fall workshops, "kits" will be provided so that trainees have their own set of materials (which will need to be returned upon completion), including their own cash register.  If the workshop moves back onsite or a hybrid option is created, trainees will use these materials to reduce the risk of cross-contamination



 Monday - Friday, 1 - 3:30 pm

Recommended for: Trainees interested in starting their own business (or growing their existing business). 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 and customer interaction skills;

  • photography and graphic design to help with branding and marketing, logo creation, and packaging,

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

  • creation of "forever" tools to support sales, order management, and inventory tracking;

  • person-centered planning to devise a post-workshop transition plan or to help with Self-Determination planning if needed;

  • development of a commercial website ready for linking 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.


Fall 2020 Notice: Due to the virtual nature of the fall workshops, "kits" will be provided so that trainees have their own set of materials for the hands-on activities and product line activities.  If the workshop moves back onsite or a hybrid option is created, trainees will use individual materials to reduce the risk of cross-contamination


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.



Questions? Email:

Seton Conley

Lead Instructor: Customer Service Skills

Co-Lead: Entrepreneurial Skills
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For the past year, Seton has co-taught with our credentialed special ed lead instructor for our Customer Service and Office Skills workshops and will now lead Customer Service this fall. Seton served as the lead instructor for most of the Beacons summer exploration workshops teaching and creating curriculum for ASL, photography, social media and numerous other virtual 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, and a demonstrated record of success in communication facilitation, and 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 March 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." 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.  

Tyler Hershey

Associate Instructor: Customer Service Skills

Co-Lead: Entrepreneurial Skills
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Tyler has spent the last decade using his personal and career experiences to support and empower individuals with various disabilities. Tyler served as an assistant coach for the Independent division of the San Diego Miracle League and volunteer for Shooting Stars basketball, founded Project Puzzle (an Autism awareness club) and was awarded the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education "Excellence in Supporting Students with Disabilities."

While pursuing his Psychology degree at San Diego State University, Tyler was an advocate for students with varying disabilities and planned school wide inclusive events as the Program Coordinator for Student Disability Services. While at SDSU, he also founded the Delta Alpha Phi international honor society.

After graduating from SDSU, Tyler relocated to Hawaii to continue his work with neurodiverse individuals in the school setting. After working in the district setting for 2 years, Tyler returned to San Diego to follow his passion and to work as an instructor with Beacons, Inc.

Tyler supported the 2020 Beacons summer workshops as an assistant instructor for Photography and Social media safety. 
This fall, Tyler will bring his high energy, patience and skills to encourage individual growth in the trainees he works with during the Beacons vocational workshops. 


State holidays observed: 

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 (see below)

12/25: Christmas 

Additional Beacons Breaks for Trainees:
Beacons will continue to operate during the below breaks, but there will be no workshops on the below dates:

Thanksgiving week - No Workshop
Winter: 12/17/2020 -  1/11/2021 (no workshops, but staff will still be available)

Workshop Ratios: (Trainees/Instructors)
Covid-19 Virtual Model: 6:2 (max 6 trainees)

Onsite Model: 10:3 (max 10 trainees)

Workshop Minimum required: 5 Trainees 

Curriculum: Beacons uses customized original curriculum that integrates assistive technology and alternative response and presentation options.

MonitoringWorkshops include pre- and post-assessments and other monitoring of knowledge and performance progress.

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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