Capitol Books and Gifts
Capitol Books and Gifts is a profit-sharing retail enterprise for DDSO clients
in the basement of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. John Worsley,
during his tenure as State Architect overseeing the renovation of the Capitol
building, saw an opportunity to turn the "junk" copper from the dome, marble
from the great rotunda and other discarded artifacts into historic and unique
memorabilia. In 1981, the store began selling Capitol-themed memorabilia to
State officials and the general public.
Today, Capitol Books and Gifts is the prime source of Golden State treasures
ranging from flags to emblazoned coffee cups. For DDSO clients it is an
opportunity to develop employment skills and earn fair wages.
When the Alan Short Center, the first DDSO division, was founded in Stockton
in 1976 by Mary Short, it was developed as a program to help individuals with
developmental disabilities communicate and express themselves through art.
Since then, DDSO has grown and evolved as our understanding of the capabilities
of the population we serve has evolved. Over time classes in personal finance,
independent living, writing, and computer skills have taken their place next
to the visual and performing arts.
DDSO is committed to enhancing the quality of life for persons with
developmental disabilities by creating options which help them be
participating and productive members of the community. Whether clients
want support to live more independently, want to learn to move around the
community by themselves, want to continue their education, or want to
work for a wage, DDSO is committed to providing services and supports to
make it possible. DDSO serves 400 adults with developmental disabilities
through ten different divisions located in Stockton and Sacramento.
You can learn more about DDSO by visiting www.ddso.org.