Alternative Ventures (AVP)
Alternative Ventures for Hearing Impaired and Deaf
(AVP-ASL @ Walpert)
This program is for individuals over the age of 18, are Regional Center of the East Bay clients with a case manager, who wish to partake in programming that is both on site and in the community. Participants should be motivated for volunteer, social, recreational, life, and community building skills sets. Stamina/movement development and daily exercises are strongly encouraged. Occasional paid work may be provided.
Both the Union City and Hayward locations accept clients who are ambulatory and nonambulatory, while the San Leandro site serves only ambulatory clients. Walpert (Hayward) has a second AV program for individuals who are hard of hearing or are deaf.
Staff to client ratio is 1:6. Individuals have both an onsite program in all locations as well as off-site outings into their own communities and occasional trips to the community at large.
The activities listed are person-centered and focused. In addition to preset educational, social-recreational, health and safety life-skills instructions, individuals are strongly encouraged to provide input to their monthly schedule of activities. Annually, participants are asked to fill out a preference survey and encouraged to participate to their highest levels in the goals setting as well as in meetings.
Activities listed are only a sample:
- Volunteer Activities
- Movement/Stamina, Physical Fitness, Dancing and Walking Programs
- Trips to the community in program vans as well as on public transportation
- Movies and Documentaries
- Picnics in Parks
- Nature Centers
- Community Centers
- Relaxation, Coping & Stress Management Exercises
- Computer Building Skills
- City and County Libraries
- Arts and Crafts
- Singing and Musical Enrichment
- Occasional Paid Work
- Cultural Awareness and Diversity Events
- Museums and Art Galleries
- Socialization Skills