• 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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  • 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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