Beginning steps toward future success
TERI was the first agency in Northern San Diego County to establish an onsite, corporate sponsored childcare program for its staff in 1984. The First STEP program served both children with and without disabilities from birth-5 years. Due to a critical community need to expand services to children of school age, TERI closed First STEP in 2004. However, First STEP will re-open once services have relocated to the Campus for Life Quality.
Meeting individualized educational needs in a therapeutic setting
TERI’s two specialized schools for children ages 6-22 produce unparalleled results in student success. Our schools are able to empower students touched by special needs of all abilities. From students touched by autism and other mild to moderate disabilities affecting learning and social skills to students requiring a higher level of individualized support with a 1:1 student to teacher ratio. Our schools are funded primarily through a partnership with San Diego County Schools.
Addressing changing needs of young adults
Young adults touched by special needs may be served by the public school until age 22. At age 16, law requires schools to develop transition plans to assure students are prepared for adulthood. Our transition services include a life quality planning service and training for families and teachers, training on life planning and adult services, and life quality coaching to ensure students and families meet personal goals across their lifespan.
Looking to the future
TERI offers an unparalleled breadth of program for adults with autism or other moderate to severe developmental disabilities. With an emphasis on education and fitness, art and music, and therapeutic and vocational training, TERI continues to be the catalyst for change in serving a diverse population. Through the vehicle of Life Quality Planning TERI offers comprehensive client-centered services that enhance the quality of life for students and their families across a lifespan.
Family support services including both In-Home and Out of Home Respite services and a new Behavior Support program support our TERI families. Additional services offered to our families include life quality planning and training for families and teachers, training on life planning and adult services, and life quality coaching to ensure students and families meet personal goals across their lifespan.
TERI prides itself on developing partnerships with corporations, professionals in the community and foundations. Together with our partners we are able to accomplish our mission to change the way the world views and helps children and adults touched by special needs.