El Valor’s Developmental Training programs prepare adults, 18 years of age or older, to live and function in integrated social settings. Adults are invited to attend programming Monday through Friday and are offered a variety of choices with regard to their activates, including but not limited to: gardening activities, nutrition classes, exercise activities, cooking classes, art classes, activities focused on a skill needed for daily independent living, and Special Olympics. All of El Valor’s programs have a strong focus on supporting the individuals gain to independence and using technology as an aide in this pursuit.
At El Valor, we believe that everyone regardless of race, income, age, or ability should have access to technology. In an effort to make this belief a reality, a variety of technology is made available to use in our facilities including- Smart Board, iPads, desk top computers, chrome books, apple televisions, iPods, and other assistive technology. Providing individuals with new ways to complete their individualized tasks and goals improve their ability to fully integrate into the community, obtain employment, learn new skills. The technology available allows individuals to learn and communicate in a manner that is most appropriate for them.
El Valor also has its own STAR (Sensory, Technology, Assimilation, and Reintegration) Digital Literacy and Sensory Room. The STAR room is where the exploration of therapeutic sensory items and engagement with education technology meet. A fiber optic calming shower and smaller setting allows engagement to be focused and meaningful. El Valor also boasts its own Autism Program and multiple other settings that offer a quiet interactive space for individuals who are at times overwhelmed in their environment.
The program places a strong emphasis on community integration and job readiness. Individuals go out into the community on a regular basis, and are able to select their outings including trips to the store, the beach, different museums, and shopping trips. Individuals interested in obtaining employment are also offered access to weekly job readiness classes.