• 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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  • Gifts Made from The Heart This Valentine’s Day

    Give your love a handmade work of art this year! Every item in DDSO’s ArtShop has a story, made from the heart, by artists with developmental disabilities. Visit our ArtShop page at DDSO.org/shop to check out a fabulous selection of paintings, illustrations, mosaics, fabric arts and more!

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  • DDSO Programs Celebrate the Holidays in Style

    Christmas caroling, cookie decorating, a visit from Santa, and donation drives! These are only a few ways our programs got in the festive spirit this holiday season.

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  • Support Short Center North Art Programs With A Gift Card

    During the holiday season, it can be tough to pick out the perfect gift for everyone on your list. With gift cards, donating to DDSO’s art programs is easy as pie! Short Center North is one of DDSO’s arts programs serving adults with developmental disabilities. Our program, like so many programs serving this community, haven’t seen an […]

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  • This Outstanding Client Overcomes Challenges & Wins Award!

    Outstanding Short Center South Client, Pattie Barajas, was recognized today, November 19, 2015, at SCDD and ACRC’s 2nd Annual Celebration Event!

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  • We love our Direct Support Professionals at DDSO!

    DDSO serves about 400 people with developmental disabilities each month, across three campuses. None of that would be possible without the loving work of our Direct Support Professionals (DSP)! They help make sure classes are running smoothly, new art projects are being taught and that all our clients have access to the care and support […]

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  • September 11th is the Day of Caring

    The good folks over at United Way California Capital Region have held another successful Day of Caring today! DDSO was excited to host several volunteers from SMUD, Easter Seals, IRS, Zurich Insurance and Intel at our St. Marks Campus for a morning of painting, cool water, and hot pizza! Day of Caring brings together business […]

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  • Are You a Wine Connoisseur, or Would You Like to Be?

    Here is a sneak preview of the Uncork for the Arts wineries, who will be pouring delicious Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Nior, Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot and more on August 15th. Bear Creek Winery Bear Creek Winery was founded in 1934 as a cooperative. In 1997 it was acquired by the Kautz family who completely […]

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