Spring 2020

Dates: 1/13 - 5/7/2020
Spring Break: 4/13 - 4/17/2020

(Monday - Thursday)
For eligible SDRC consumers,1 workshop may be funded in full by the SDRC

if in the applicant's IPP (or included and approved in the consumer's self determination plan).
(Vendor number: PY1700, Code: 102, Subcode: SPR)


The Application Process:

1. Complete the Application Form

2. Send applicant's IPP to: Pathfinder@BeaconsNorthCounty.com (request IPP from the SDRC if needed).

3. Contact the applicant's SDRC Service Coordinator to request the addition of the vocational workshop to the applicant's IPP, and that a "POS" (purchase of service) request be submitted to fund the workshop.
here for sample letter. Or, include the workshop in the self determination plan to submit for approval.

4. Complete the Beacons Waiver form (if one has not already been completed).

5. Intake Meeting: After the applicant has completed the above steps, a member of our Pathfinder team will contact the applicant and/or her/his conservators to set up an intake meeting to make sure the workshop supports the applicant's IPP goals, the applicant meets the entrance criteria set forth in the application, and the applicant is interested in the pathway of the workshop.




Customer Service Skills*
Approx. 16 week program, M - Th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dates: Jan. 13 - May 7, 2020 (Spring Break 4/13 - 4/17)


Trainees interested in employment will learn:
workplace and soft skills used in retail and consumer rich settings (such as home improvement stores, specialty retail stores, animal care, food service and supermarkets);

develop person-centered plans to help shape their futures,

create interview & workplace accommodation plans, and

create websites for employment profiles to showcase earned digital badges and skill-specific certificates. [Job searches, interview practice, community worksite outings, assessments and progress monitoring included.]

Post-Workshop Goal Pathway(s):
Beacons can now offer Tailored Day specialists, job coaching and paid internship opportunities. Post-workshop, trainees will have the option to work with Beacons Tailored Day specialists to get one-on-one worksite support to generalize the workshop skills for a paid internship or entry level job. Specialists will help the trainee develop new skills to increase the employability and/or retention of the trainee at a worksite. 

Cost: Eligible for SDRC funding if in the applicant's IPP.

*This workshop was made possible through a 2019 Community Project grant from the National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR), funding from the Qualcomm Foundation for technology and the San Diego Regional Center.




Creative Minds

(Approx. 16 week program, M - Th, 1 - 4 pm)
Dates: Scheduling in Progress


Trainees with a creative/artistic side interested in learning how to make products to start a business will learn how to:

 make a variety of high quality marketable handcrafted products,

design and launch an online store,

identify and implement options to help expand sales channels,

learn how assembly lines can be used to divide up tasks, 

establish tools to track sales and manage inventory, 

learn how to package and ship products,

develop soft skills for the marketplace and more! 


Instructors will include staff from Beacons and the local arts community. 

Post-Workshop Goal Pathway(s):

Self-Employment with at least one established sales channel (such as an online store, community based option or retail connection). Trainees will have the option of transitioning to a Beacons Tailored Day "Entrepreneur" specialist to sustain their business (up to 8 hours a week). TD specialist can help the trainee develop new products, learn additional graphic and marketing tools/programs (e.g. Adobe products and more), and expand skill sets to help the trainee become an established entrepreneur.

Cost: Eligible for SDRC funding if in the applicant's IPP.


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

7/3: Independence Day Holiday (Observed)

9/7: Labor Day

11/11: Veteran's Day

11/26 & 27: Thanksgiving

12/25: Christmas 

2020 Spring Break:
April 13 - 17

Workshop Ratios: 10:3

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.

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 to review the September 2019 policy letter from the U.S. Dept of Education on the importance of creating access to postsecondary opportunities.


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

Physical Address:

6150 Yarrow Drive, Suite E

Carlsbad, CA 92011

Contact Emails 

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



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