Welcome to Wayfinders!
Wayfinders is a 2-year non-degree independent living certificate program for young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Participants of Wayfinders increase their independence by living in student apartments, participating in work experience internships, taking classes at Fresno State through Open University, and engaging with the community.
Wayfinders students receive support in the following major areas (domains).
Participants of Wayfinders receive individualized support by from staff to learn necessary life skills such as maintaining a clean living space, maintaining good personal hygiene, time management, respectful communication with roommates, meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking.
A key component of Wayfinders is helping participants gain and retain competitive and integrated employment. Participants learn about searching for jobs, completing applications, developing a resume, and receive considerable practice interviewing.
Post-secondary courses allow participants the opportunity to learn valuable skills toward being independent students. Participants enroll through Open University at Fresno State and take a minimum of 3 units of interest per semester. Participants learn university expectations, organizational skills, and proper use of campus resources.
Attending activities and social events are aimed at increasing social competence and building life-long relationships. Participants attend a weekly workshop that focuses on developing the skills to navigate everyday social interactions. Participants are also provided with opportunities to participate in volunteering, individualized fitness routines, Special Olympics, and our Peer Mentor Program.
Each participant collaborates with family, the regional center, and staff of Wayfinders to develop a transition plan that will allow the participant to lead a productive and fulfilling life in the setting of their choosing. The transition plan will include identifying a community and preparing for employment, further education, and community involvement opportunities once the program is completed.
Our case managers monitor the overall program progress of participants in order to promote independence and self-efficacy. The goal of case management is to guide participants toward utilizing natural supports and other resources. The case managers serve as the liaison between the student, staff, regional center service coordinators, and parents/guardians.
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2743 E Shaw Avenue, Suite 101
Fresno, CA 93710