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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


Board Member

Rating: 5

Our son Alan, who is now 39 years old, was disabled from an automobile accident when he was fourteen. We are so thankful for DDSO and the Short Center North, where Alan attends classes every day. He does artwork, exercises, and sometimes gardens, under the supervision of caring and dedicated teachers. I became a DDSO Board member two or three years ago. As a Board member, I have had the chance to work with DDSO's outstanding executive leaders and staff. I am honored to serve in this wonderful organization.


Board Member

Rating: 5

My son has been a DDSO client for the past six years. He enjoys his program immensely. He is always treated with respect and the staff always has his best interest at heart. My son is non-verbal so it is not often easy to know what kinds of things interest him. The staff never tires of trying to find things that he will be interested in. This program provides him with daily stimulation, and allows him to get out into the community to interact . We are very fortunate to have DDSO poviding for our son.