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Developmental Disabilities Service Organization

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter Nellie is a client of DDSO -Short Center. We are so fortunate that she was able to obtain a spot in this wonderful place! The staff is wonderfully positive and always affirming. Nellie has been able to grow as an individual, and to build on the solid foundation she received as a student in the San Juan School District. DDSO does SO MUCH for her, with such modest resources. Although she will never live independently, Nellie continues to grow as a person, and the center staff work hard to help her maximize her potential. DDSO deserves the support of our entire community in the wonderful work they do for Nellie, and her friends


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My niece Tina has been attending ASC for almost 2 years. She is 40 years old and I believe attending this 'school' as she likes to call it is the best thing that has happened to her in a long time. Before Tina enrolled she had lost her Mom & her Grandma (who raised her) so needless to say her world has changed drastically. Since she has started attending ASC her mood, personality & her outward appearance all have changed for the good. She is constantly talking about her teachers and all the staff & how well she is treated. I am thankful to God for the staff at ASC. With so many budget cuts they still make their clients feel great about being there. Thank you!!!!