They provide centers for disabled and developmentally disabled persons, from young adults to older adults. At these centers, the clients are given training in life skills, computers, crafts, entertainment, taken to social activities or recreation, and to the workplace.
They are allowed to form part of the social community by going shopping, to the post office, the movies, restaurants, to work. They are also taught social skills.
My son goes to the A.L.I.V.E. center, 2151 Salvio St., Suite V, Concord, CA 94520 and would be lost without them. He attended Special Ed until he was 22 in our unified school district, but after that age, young adults have no place to go.
This also allows parents to be able to go to work knowing their children are in a safe environment.