DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SERVICE ORGANIZATION

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Disabilities, Human Services

Location: DDSO Parkway Campus 5051 47th Avenue Sacramento CA 95824 USA

Mission: DDSO exists to enrich the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities by fostering individual growth, creativity, and artistic expression.
Results: Our long term sustainability goal was to purchase property that would not only house two of our programs and the DDSO Headquarter office, but would also provide facilities that the local community could also use. We were able to purchase property this past year, which not only opened up new possibilities for the community, but will allow us to build and use our resources to improve client services, instead of paying a landlord. Future plans include building new partnerships to develop funding to enhance and improve our new Parkway Campus community rental options which include: a Theater, Soccer Field, Gymnasium and future space for Artist/Musician studios.
Target demographics: A ‘developmental' disability is one attributable to mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. Clients at DDSO may also have Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, brain trauma, or other neurological disorders that have caused mental and physical disabilities before the age of eighteen.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Provide services to 4920 individuals per year
Geographic areas served: Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties
Programs: Achievement, Development & Care (ADC) Alan Short Center (ADC) Alan Short Community Access Program (ASCAP) Community Integration Program (CIP) Employment Plus (E+) Short Center North (SCN) Short Center South (SCS) Transitions for Tomorrow (T2)
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I loved working with the consumers and seeing the creative process of the Audio Podcasting class at Employment Plus (a program within DDSO). It was great to see the consumers light up when they heard their voice after recording as well as getting them involved in the editing process. I love seeing the consumers filled with confidence as well and experiencing the potential they have within them, that they might not have realized before.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was working with a gentleman who was intimidated with being recorded. I had the opportunity to encourage him to try something new and the recording turned out to being one of the best recordings of the podcast. The gentleman was ecstatic he did so well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not sure.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the teamwork, the positive atmosphere and their focus on truly serving the clients.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, respectful to other people's ideas and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

more current, updated equipment that would allow them to serve a greater amount of people and open up more possibilities with this population.

Ways to make it better...

the lunch break was longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

compared to other organizations that I have worked with, serving this same population, this is the only program where I have seen the consumers personally grow in such a short amount of time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My mom works for DDSO. I helped set up and run the art booth at the Art Fiesta in May, 2009. I also was a Volunteer Teachers Assistant at one of the programs, Employment Plus. I love all of the creative work as I love to write, draw, create and perform too. I love the scarves that one of the programs made. I also love the jewelry they make. I like to make earrings too. The people there are special and make me smile when I see them. This is a great program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the beautiful artwork, jewelry and crafts coming from the people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people and the creative fun they have making their arts and crafts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very nice, creative and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

afford alot more supplies for art and maybe get a nice building to put them in.

Ways to make it better...

I don't know

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money. My mom keeps bringing things from home to work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

DDSO and E+ ROCKS!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I volunteered as an teachers assistant for the video production class at Employment Plus, a program within DDSO. I enjoyed watching the creative process that the consumers went through in creating their various videos. At the time, they didn't have enough computer systems for me to assist in helping teach what I know about video editing. I would suggest getting more computers so other volunteers could come in and assist with their personal knowledge and experience. Overall, I had a good time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how it affects the lives of the consumers they work with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the creativity, fun and unique experience they bring to their consumers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the teachers/job coaches that work with the consumers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give state of the art training to those with developmental disabilities.

Ways to make it better...

they had more and updated equipment for the consumers and volunteers

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding to the the items they need to make a difference.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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