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.


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. Come and visit. Schedule a tour and explore Vista Life campuses.
Step 2. Plan a 5-day, 4-night visit where staff perform comprehensive assessments in four skill areas: life skills, social and cognitive behavior, community involvement, and vocational training.
Step 3. Following the 5-day visit, we share a comprehensive report with the prospective student and family, which details the prospective student’s skills.

  •  Pending eligibility determination, the Admissions process is completed

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