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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Group Homes, Human Services

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)

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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.

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Rating: 4

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.