MISSION: UCP WORK, Inc. is dedicated to providing services to residents of the Tri-Counties with developmental disabilities, so that they may work and live as contributing citizens within the community of their choice.

I Love My Job and I’m Making a Difference
Meghan Donovan

Santa Barbara County Applied Abilities Programs

Person Centered Services Through the Applied Abilities Program

Life Skills Training at Applied Abilities

Our person-centered Applied Abilities Programs are much more than a springboard for community work. This program was designed several years ago with the philosophy that each individual has unique attributes (abilities), preferences and goals and as an organization/staff and program, we will celebrate those unique attributes by providing life experiences that are designed around the person. On a daily basis, each program participant is given a menu of services to choose from, some of these services are: 

  • Accessing Community Resources

    • Using public transportation
    • Adult Education courses
    • City Parks and Recreation sponsored events/classes
    • Understanding your City
    • Volunteerism
      Advocacy Meetings at Applied Abilities
  • Advocacy 

    • Legislators at a glance
    • Letter writing campaigns
    • Civic responsibility
    • People First facilitated advocacy meetings
  • Educational Opportunities

    • Mobility training
    • Resources
    • Housing assistance
    • Legal assistance
    • Ceramics hand building and pottery wheel
    • Painting – water color/oil
    • Jewelry making
    • Drawing
    • Museum and Gallery tours
    • Studies of diverse cultures
    • Government impact and issues
    • Current events (including world and local events)
      Job Development at Applied Abilities
  • Health and Wellness

    • Hiking
    • Healthy meal planning
    • Cooking
    • Diabetes awareness and life style change
    • Heart disease and high cholesterol education
    • Human sexuality
    • Body mechanics/ergonomics
    • Group yoga
    • Individual yoga, stretching and massage
    • Rhythm Arts Project – drumming for empowerment
      Hiking Group with Applied Abilities
  • Social Enrichment

    • Fishing with friends
    • Price comparison shopping
    • Hiking
    • Power walking
    • Basketball
    • Frisbee golf
    • Adopt-a-Block

View our Santa Maria SM Applied Abilities image gallery, or, Santa Barbara SB Applied Abilities image gallery.