ATU Transitional Day Program

The Arc of the Triangle is offering one year of transitional programming for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) ages 21-25*. Arc Triangle University Transitional Day Program will support these participants in their transition to adulthood providing educational, social, and recreational programming in a day program setting. This is a private pay program.

Programming will be based on Arc Triangle University (ATU) programming including but not limited to Life Skills, Work Readiness, Performing Arts, Social Communication, Cooking & Nutrition, Exercise/Movement, and Art & Music. Leisure time will be built into the daily schedule. Special programming (concerts, guest speakers) will be offered as available. Volunteer work is done on the church property at The Raleigh Dream Center. Staff and volunteers will work to ensure a safe, educational, and fun environment. Case notes will be kept by teachers and staff for each participant to track each participant’s progress as well as their overall participation in the program.

Unlike school, ATU Transitional Day Program will focus on a “bigger picture” towards that important transition to adulthood. This will include not only activities and classes for participants but also supports and seminars for parents and guardians.

The Arc of the Triangle was started by parents of children with disabilities in 1954 and has been supporting the IDD community ever since. The Arc’s programming supports individuals with IDD in the achievement of their personal goals and dreams while supporting the family.

Transition to adulthood is a cornerstone in The Arc of the Triangle’s structure and strategies. For over 28 years, the Triangle Self-Advocacy Network group has provided a forum for our participants to develop the skills they need to advocate for themselves. And a year ago in response to the Covid-19 pandemic The Arc developed and launched Arc Triangle University (ATU), an array of online classes and recreational activities for teens and adults.

We are taking The Arc’s fundamental understanding of transition and self-advocacy and weaving it with ATU for this one-year program.


Eligible participants are 21-25* years of age (*must be 21 years of age on or before September 13, 2021; must be no older than 25 before or on September 13, 2021). Participants will have attended an ECS / ID Mod / AU program in a public school setting. Most recent IEP and Psychological evaluation are required with the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All participants will submit The Arc of the Triangle’s application for services and will agree to adhere to rules of the program once admitted. Participants may be removed from the program for non-compliance.


Participants in need of financial assistance may apply for a scholarship which may pay for part of their tuition. Financial/income information required. Participant will need to participate in an interview as well. To request a scholarship form, email The Arc.


Transportation will be provided by parents/family or public transportation. The Arc may be able to help facilitate specialized transportation if it is available in your town. The Arc will NOT provide transportation. Mileage/transportation reimbursement may be available for those that qualify.


Participants will bring their own lunch and snack (if they are a part of the After Program Care). Arc staff can assist at meal time for participants who require assistance for health & safety reasons. 

The Arc’s Transitional Day Program is a PEANUT-FREE ZONE.

One-on-One Support

Participants who have the Innovations Waiver may attend with their Direct Support Professional. Talk to your Care Navigator.

For more information or to request an application,

please email Jennifer Pfaltzgraff or call 919-942-5119 x117

The ATU Transitional Day Program will be offered as two semesters beginning September 2021 concluding May 2022. The program will follow major holidays and have breaks in December and April. Inclement weather procedures will be shared with families as needed.

Calendar 2021-22

Participant/Family Orientation 9/7 or 9/8

First Day of 1st Semester 9/13

Thanksgiving Break (no program) 11/24-26

Last Day of 1st Semester 12/17

WINTER BREAK (no program) 12/18/21-1/9/22

First Day of 2nd Semester 1/10

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no program) 1/17

SPRING BREAK (no program) 4/11-4/15

Last day of 2nd Semester 5/20

Monday through Friday

Drop-Off 8:15-9:00am

Program Day 9:00am-3:00pm

Location New Hope Baptist Church in Raleigh

  • classrooms
  • Fellowship Hall
  • commercial kitchen
  • quiet rooms
  • personal care center



Total $ Semester

Payments every 2 weeks

Semester Payment in full (10% discount)

Year Payment in full (15% discount)

1st Semester [14 weeks; 67 days] $60/day


$600/2 weeks



2nd Semester [19 weeks; 89 days] $60/day


$600/2 weeks



After Care Program 1st Semester $60/week


$120/2 weeks



After Care Program 2nd Semester $60/week


$120/2 weeks



Total Amount

$9,360 - 9-3 program only

$11,245 w/after program care



$4,345/1st w/after program care

$5,785/2nd w/after program care

$7,960 9-3 program only

$9,555 w/after program care

*For families using the 2-week payment plan, these fees will vary around times of holiday breaks and be discounted (Thanksgiving, MLK, Jr. Day, Spring Break)

Late Payments - If fees are not paid by due date, participant may be asked to leave program. A late fee will be incurred:

  • 2-week payment plan - $5 a day
  • Semester and Year Payments- Participants will not be able to start until payment is made.
  • $5/every 15 minutes late pick-up after 3:15pm; Billed every 2 weeks

Cancellations/Refunds -  If canceling before the program has started, you will receive a full refund. If canceling after the program has begun, you will be charged for that portion of the program.

Financial Assistance - For families that qualify, day program and after program care fees may be reduced. Please request the financial assistance form with your application.

Non-refundable Deposit of $500 (to be applied to amount due September 10th.) due August 6th to hold spot.