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Program Description

ADAPT is a community-based vocational program designed to teach functional life skills to young adults with disabilities. In the ADAPT program the outside world becomes the classroom. The primary concept is two-fold: to teach independent skills in the classroom to include key domain areas that involve domestic, vocational, community, social skills, and self-advocacy, and to transfer those skills from the classroom to the community through real world experiences. These skills include a multitude of tasks to include preparing a simple meal and washing dishes, personal hygiene, on-the-job training, and money skills, just to name a few. Everything they learn is taught through a hands-on approach and repetition. These basic skills are imperative for students to maximize their independence in adulthood and promote social growth. The ADAPT program provides the opportunity to showcase these young adults’ abilities rather than their disabilities.

ADAPT Students

ADAPT serves students ages 18 to 21 who have completed their high school senior year activities and requirements with a range of disabilities to include: Intellectual Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairments, Visual Impairments, Other Health Impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Student hours are 7:10 a.m. to 2:10 p.m., Monday-Friday.

During the week, students attend community based vocational training sites up to 4 days a week. Teachers accompany small groups of students out to various locations to work on job training skills at various job sites, shopping at retail and grocery stores, eating out at fast food and sit-down restaurants, and leisure activities at local parks for recreation. Within the school, students have additional opportunities to practice domestic skills such as cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry in classrooms designed to simulate home living environments. Students may also be responsible for jobs within the school building, such as shelving books in the media center or working with custodial staff. We also have a student-run coffee shop, One Mean Java Bean, that is open daily that provides additional job training skills.


Our staff comes to the program with varying backgrounds, but all bring a mandatory level of expertise in basic educational skills and the type of enthusiasm which GCPS encourages for its teachers. Support services such as physical and occupational therapy, vision and hearing therapy, and speech therapy are available to those students who require them. Staff use their skills and knowledge to help students achieve increased independence as they learn and refine real-world tasks. Options and agencies that might be a part of a student’s life following ADAPT are included in the planning and transition process. The commitment and responsibility assumed by the student, family, teachers, and community partnerships ensure a successful program.

For More Information

Contact Grace King, Department Chair, at the ADAPT office (678) 542-2354, or by e-mail at