• Uncork for the Arts 2016: Art, Wine, and Good Times

    Uncork for the Arts 2016 was a fun-filled night of unique art, wine, and community. Guests were welcomed with live piano music by the talented Ellen Boudreaux as they arrived, enjoyed fruit and cheese platters, and shopped art displays on the patio. Ellen Boudreaux, Short Center North client and musical savant Appetizers by Hannibal’s Catering Benefit […]

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  • Meet the 2016 Uncork for the Arts Honorees (Pt 2)

    Every year at Uncork for the Arts, one person is chosen from each of DDSO’s programs to be recognized and celebrated for their unique contributions as valuable members of our community. Congratulations to our 2016 honorees! You are each an inspiration. Debra Anderson, Community Integration Program Blindness nor epileptic seizures won’t define who she is. […]

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  • Meet the Uncork for the Arts 2016 Honorees! (Pt 1)

    Every year at Uncork for the Arts, one person is chosen from each of DDSO’s programs to be recognized and celebrated for their unique contributions as valuable members of our community. Congratulations to our 2016 honorees! Brad Dixon, Alan Short Community Access Program His quiet demeanor belies a man with big dreams and a huge […]

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  • Celebrate With Us at Uncork for the Arts on 8/27

    The Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (DDSO) invites you to join us for a fabulous night of great wine and fine art in our community on August 27th!

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  • This Social Butterfly is Included in the Community

    Elsa lives at a care home and needs constant supervision due to a seizure disorder that has left her in a wheelchair. She came to the Community Integration Program (CIP) over fifteen years ago because she wanted to make choices in her life, socialize with people and be out in the community. The staff at CIP has helped her learn to be more comfortable interacting with others in a positive manner and how to express her opinions appropriately.

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  • Industrious Hard Worker Overcomes Challenges

    Penny is a warm and friendly woman who loves her family, especially her mom and nephew, Jacob. She enjoys helping other people. At ADC she is industrious and likes to work in the Pilot Project where she packages propellers for model airplanes. Though cerebral palsy has paralyzed one arm, she deftly maneuvers her other arm to package the airplane parts. She likes to be productive and takes her job seriously. ADC helped Penny become more responsible and more respectful of people, and helped teach her good manners.

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  • Formerly Shy Client Now Communicates Her Wants & Needs

    Ge suffered a fever right after birth which caused developmental and physical impairments, including hearing loss. She is unable to speak and was very shy when she started attending Alan Short Center (ASC). Staff helped her overcome her shyness by treating her with care and respect and has helped her learn how to communicate her wants and needs.

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  • Outstanding Role Model Excels in Leadership Positions

    Kimi lives in an apartment near the Employment Plus (E+) office. She said she was “a lost puppy” before she came to the E+ program. She came to E+ with no confidence and a lack of interpersonal skills. Since that time, she says she has become more confident because the E+ staff appreciates her, gives her opportunities to thrive and provides a positive approach to life. Attending E+ has helped her to overcome her shyness and take on many leadership roles.

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  • Longtime Client Learns to Speak Up for Herself and Express Her Opinions

    Cheryl says her proudest accomplishments are being a nice person, learning to write and making friends. Her positive attitude and great personality gives everyone around her a reason to smile.

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  • Be Part of History on May 3rd – BIG Day of Giving!

    BIG Day of Giving is coming! Why are we so excited at DDSO about May 3rd? It’s the BIG Day of Giving, part of a National Day of Giving called Give Local America. From midnight to midnight, 570 nonprofits will join forces to raise $6Million!

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