CAF programs include: A Better Chance (ABC) School for children 6 to 22 years old, ABC Day Program for adults 18 and older, ABC Industries - paid work experience for adults for adults 22 and older, Custom Assembly and Packaging - a consumer driven company fulfilling shipping orders for various companies in California, ABC Supported Living Services, and ABC Residential Care both for adults 18 and older. The mission of the California Autism Foundation is to provide people with autism and other developmental disabilities the best possible opportunities for lifetime support, training and assistance in helping them reach their highest potential for independence, productivity and fulfillment.
Languages spoken/understood: English, Spanish, French
A Better Chance School (ABC) is a non-public school serving children and young adults, ages 6-22, with autism and similar developmental disabilities. Our philosophy is based upon the tenets of a holistic approach to a child's individual education needs and incorporating best practice teaching methodologies. A Better Chance School provides functional and community based instructional curriculum through structured teaching methods to encourage and promote each student to reach his or her full potential and be as independent as possible. Staff to student ratios are 1:2, with 1:1 staffing as specified in a student’s IEP. ABC School utilizes best practices within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) including strategies of discrete trial training, incidental teaching, activity-embedded instruction, task analysis and chaining, prompts and prompt-fading, student centered choice, and positive reinforcement. We specialize in behavior management and offer a positive behavior support approach to challenging maladaptive behaviors that are preventing the student from being successful in a less restricted environment. ABC School students are mainstreamed into less restrictive programs as soon as possible and our individualized transition services help students make a successful transition into their next program. Graduating students of A Better Chance School receive a Certificate of Completion and will transition from school to adult life with many work skills and community experiences that will promote future success.