Who becomes a student at Vista Life?

Our students are adults 18 and older from across the United States, with a diverse range of backgrounds. We support individuals with a wide range of disabilities and with varying educational backgrounds. Some have participated in special education classes in mainstream high schools, others have graduated from high schools designed for individuals with disabilities, while still others have attended or graduated from college. It is not a requirement for a student to have graduated from high school to be accepted into our program.

Vista Life understands that every person is unique and transitioning into adulthood is a different journey for everyone. Our core practice is to create individual strategies to develop life skills, social and cognitive skills, develop a vocational direction, and safely navigate the local communities. 

If you are interested in hearing more about our services and programs, please contact our Admissions Department.

A Vista Life

What is a Vista Life? In our Where are They Now? blog series, students and members share their stories and reflect on their time at Vista. These posts feature everyone from students who have recently enrolled in our Discover Program, our post-secondary dormitory training program, to Vista members living along the shoreline who have been a part of our organization for decades.

We hope you will reflect with us on the potential for growth we all share and celebrate the achievements of our students and members. As they demonstrate every is never too late to imagine the possibilities.


For individuals entering Vista on or after July 1, 2018, Vista will no longer accept Department of Developmental Services (DDS) In-Home Supports (IHS), Individual Day Vocational (IDV) and Individual Day Non-Vocational (IDN) funding for services. Individuals enrolled in Vista prior to July 1, 2018 may use IHS, IDV or IDN funding for these services. Group Support Employment (GSE), Individual Supported Employment (ISE), Day Support Option (DSO), Individual Day Support Option (IDSO) funding may continue to be used to pay for Vista programs and services.


Admissions Process

Before enrolling in the Discover Independence residential transition program, prospective students need to determine if their path involves being part of the Vista Life community. It’s a 3-step process:

Step 1. Submit an Inquiry Form. Our Admissions Managers will then reach out to connect with you.
Step 2. Come and visit. Schedule a tour and explore the Vista Life campuses. Our Admissions Managers will also take the time to get to know the prospective student. 
Step 3. Find out what's next. While individual circumstances can vary, our Admissions Managers will usually reach out within two weeks with an acceptance decision and/or next steps for any prospective student. 

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