• 5051 47th Avenue, Sacramento CA 95824

EMPLOYMENT

Paid employment training opportunities and
classroom instruction are offered to
participants who learn valuable job skills,

DAILY LIVING SKILLS

A patient, caring atmosphere is provided to participants, many with
severe and profound developmental disabilities,

DAILY LIVING SKILLS

A patient, caring atmosphere is provided to participants, many with
severe and profound developmental disabilities,

SHOP FOR ARTWORK

Our Story

Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (DDSO) produces programs that champion the creativity and potential within the hearts and minds of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

From two sites in Sacramento and one site in Stockton, DDSO is an award-winning nonprofit that annually provides 400 adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience independence, job training, employment, physical education, visual and performing arts, life skill building, social interaction, active participation in the community, nurturing relationships and more.

Developmental disabilities are a diverse group of severe chronic conditions that are due to mental and/or physical impairments. They include cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, epilepsy and intellectual disabilities. There may be challenges with major life activities such as language, mobility, learning, self-help, and independent living. Developmental disabilities begin anytime during development up to 22 years of age, and last throughout a person’s lifetime.

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Success Stories

Pamela

Pamela* said, "First thing they do is house you, shop for clothes. They take care of you so you can take care of yourself. What has helped me most was other people, and it's a matter of hanging in there and waiting. I've had some bad days, but my PSC (Personal Services Coordinator) was the best. I brag about her all the time."

Jack

Jack*, 50, started experiencing mental health issues at the age of 17. I struggled with voices and thoughts. Before that, I isolated myself and I lost friends because of my actions. I was doing a lot of drinking and using drugs. I was very argumentative especially when I was intoxicated.

Now Jack says, I am not drinking now or using drugs. I do not get arrested anymore. My hygiene is better now. I can manage my symptoms better than before because of the support. I want to live in an apartment and be more independent, find a job, stay sober and not take drugs—and take my medication as prescribed by the psychiatrist.

KYLE

In the fall of 2007, Pathways enrolled a single mother and her 8-year-old son who had been homeless for four years. They had been living at St. John’s shelter, and the mother had been a victim of domestic violence. Kyle* was agitated, aggressive and had impulsive behaviors and could not stay in school.

The boy is attending summer school so he can continue next year without repeating a grade. Although not completely stabilized, he is making steady progress. The family chooses not to include medication as part of his treatment.

Julie

Before Julie* became a member of Turning Point Providence Center's new Nevada County program, this 62-year-old woman visited the emergency room at the local hospital as many as 15 times in one month. She experienced a lot of anxiety, cut herself and had overdoses.

Julie has connected with the local NAMI (National Alliance for Mentally Ill) and has more choices and opportunities to be empowered in her own recovery.

Programs and Projects

Reach In

In 1999 Reach In was created to bring the transformative power of the arts to the clients of the Adult Development Centers.

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Virtual Feast

In 2010 Virtual Feast (www.ddsoarts.org) was conceived as a way of preserving and presenting DDSO’s artistic history to the widest possible audience.

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Achievement & Care

Achievement Development & Care (ADC) provides services to adults in Sacramento with severe and profound developmental disabilities. They provide a patient, supportive, and caring

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Short Center North

Short Center North (SCN) was developed in 1978 as an arts-based program for adults with developmental disabilities. SCN offers several opportunities to

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Alan Short Center

Alan Short Center located in Stockton, CA was the first program of its kind in the nation to utilize visual and performing arts as tools to help adults with

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Employment Plus

Employment Plus (E+) provides opportunities for participants to make their own choices and decisions regarding their everyday life, allowing

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Short Center South

Short Center South (SCS) offers students several avenues of artistic expression in the visual and performing arts, as well as community and lifestyle classes. Studio

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our skill

41
Years of Service
625
Volunteer Hours
400
Clients Served
350
Artworks Created

Our Team

Yvonne Soto

PRESIDENT/CEO

Jennifer Bonacorso

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Steven Styles

FACILITIES MANAGER

Trish Williams

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE/OFFICE COORDINATOR

Patty Berkheimer

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Mary Ann Solbrig

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Liz Davis

PROGRAM DIRECTOR - ACHIEVEMENT DEVELOPMENT & CARE

Margarita Garcia

PROGRAM DIRECTOR - ALAN SHORT CENTER

Dennis Curry

PROGRAM DIRECTOR - EMPLOYMENT PLUS

John Berger

PROGRAM DIRECTOR - SHORT CENTER NORTH

Steve Andrews

PROGRAM DIRECTOR - SHORT CENTER SOUTH

James Anderson

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - SHORT CENTER REPERTORY THEATRE, & DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

Why Join Us

Community programs ensure a healthy, safe environment for people who are 7x more vulnerable to abuse and neglect.

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Love has no labels. Everyone, regardless of ability gets to contribute to society and participate meaningfully in their community. Supportive social circles help overcome barriers and defeat preconceptions.

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Hidden talents are revealed when people explore, create, perform and exhibit. Artists share their vision with the outside world through painting, drawing, ceramics, sewing, jewelry making, music, theatre, digital animation and more.

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