The Ventura County Office of Education operates the ACCESS Program located in the city of Moorpark. The site serves students aged 18-22 with moderate to severe disabilities who can benefit from training that will ensure their greatest quality of life after they complete their public education. Our site uses highly-specialized, research-based school practices to address the needs of students.
Using a comprehensive transdisciplinary planning and service delivery approach, the ACCESS Program addresses the language, communication, behavioral, sensory, and social needs of students. As a learning community, we believe that professional expertise supported by collaboration between parents, teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, administration and professional development leads to positive student outcomes. Instruction is based upon functional academics, communication, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, and motor skills so students can maximize their independence in the domains of vocation, community, independent living skills and recreation/leisure activities.
The ACCESS Program places special emphasis on job training, independent living, and community-based instruction; including utilizing public transportation and accessing the local community college, as appropriate. A functional mobility component to the curriculum is utilized for students with physical disabilities to develop the skills of sitting, standing and walking while participating in their school activities. The ACCESS Program addresses functional academics within these domains for the purpose of teaching practical functional skills and helping students to maximize their independent living in the future.