Jackie strongly believes that education has power and she
enforces this belief by acting as a teacher for individuals with
developmental disabilities. She is eloquent, extroverted,
knowledgeable and intent on living her life as “neurotypically”
as possible with a diagnosis of autism. She has been successful
in her pursuit of her goals, and boasts a very full life
attributed to her determination and through the supports and
services she receives from Alta California Regional Center
Dom might use a wheelchair, but his heart is in the community. Through his dedication and discipline, Dom has been able to live his dream of a career in law enforcement. His passion for protecting the community was recognized when he received the 2019 Disability Employment Awareness Award.
There are many things that make Zach so great, but he prides
himself on being a public speaker, a self-advocate, and a man
with a vision to inspire others to pursue their passions. This is
all evident through his confidence; the way he carries himself,
his eloquent speaking and the passion in his voice when he talks
about his ambitions. Zach is no ordinary man and he plans to show
the world why he isn’t ordinary, and why his voice needs to be
Meet Layne, a senior at Bella Vista High School and second year Varsity cheerleader! Layne brings smiles to her teammates, family, friends, and everyone she meets. She has been a cheerleader since she was 9 years old and has been a client of Alta California Regional Center since birth. In addition to cheerleading, Layne participates in the Special Olympics and enjoys singing and dancing.
Taylor is a soft spoken, 26 year old young man who lives in Marysville and has been drawing and creating art since he was very young. It is his passion, and he spends hours a day working on it. He draws mythical-looking creatures, super-hero type creatures and cartoon people, but he says he enjoys drawing dragons most of all.
Richard who prefers to be called Rick, has kicked off 2018 with a bang – he has released his first rap album! The lyrics and beat in Rick’s rap songs offer a unique outlook into his life experiences, what he is grateful for, and what he is working towards. He even wrote a song called, “I Thank God” about his appreciation for the services and support arranged through Alta California Regional Center!
Jack is a young man with ASD who celebrated his 16th birthday in September. He is very talented with computers and computer gaming, and became interested in building one himself. Through the process, he practiced comparison shopping by researching the costs of individual parts and recording them into an Excel spreadsheet; both full price and sale prices so he could predict what the total cost would be. He wanted to get the best deals out there! Once he had all the parts he needed, he built his computer all by himself.
Vincent is a very motivated individual and has recently found a new job as a dishwasher and a polisher (polishes silverware and rolls in the napkins) at Season’s 52 located at 1689 Arden Way, Sacramento. He is very proud of getting this job on his own and the work he does. He reports he works five days a week and earns a competitive wage with some nice benefits.
Jillian couldn’t be more excited to start out her future as an actress by getting a part in her first college play. She played the part of Rose in Triangle, a play by Laurie Brooks. Even though she is a person with cerebral palsy, it does not hold her back from pursuing a place in the entertainment industry.
She started attending Cosumnes River College in 2013 and one of her professors, Cary Babka, helped her to overcome her fear of performing in front of a camera. She shared “Cary is one of my favorite and is a pleasure to learn from.”
Jason is 37 years old and lives in the Rosemont area. He enjoys being on the go, socializing, and traveling. Over the past few years, he has been on numerous trips to nearby destinations such as San Francisco, Vegas and Los Angeles.
Last October he decided to step it up a notch and take a vacation to the Philippines with his care provider and another resident. It was the trip of a lifetime!!
Steven owns and operates Puros Churros, a small business selling delicious churros and tamales. Steven sells at numerous festivals and events throughout Yolo County. He has participated in Davis Pride, the Davis Friendship Festival, the Cartintas Festival and the Earthquake Festival.
Among his many responsibilities, Steven shops for vending supplies, records his finances, markets his business and researches potential events to sell at. Steven’s mom runs the food production side of the business and makes their famous homemade churro dough..
Kailee is a talented young woman who just happens to be on the spectrum. Her hopes of finding a job are not unlike anyone else’s, except with neuro diverse issues, the traditional path to employment is often sabotaged during the job interview. Despite the fact that many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are capable of exceptional job performance (dedicated, polite, follow rules, not overly social and are content with repetitive tasks) employers sometimes fail to see the potential and see only the social awkwardness presented.
Need a singer for an event you’re holding? Michael may be
your man! Michael was diagnosed with autism about the time
he was entering school and discovered early on that he could hear
music better than words. He didn’t talk much but loved to
play musical instruments like the violin, drums, song flute,
trumpet, keyboard and piano.
Michael’s family would dance and sing with him and he and his
sister, Pagette, would listen to records, then later to tapes and
CD’s; he was happiest when there was music playing.
Benjamin is a young man who has set goals for himself and has
worked hard to achieve them. He was diagnosed with Cerebral
Palsy (CP) after a brush with death at birth. Doctors
told his mom that he would never talk or walk but he proved them
wrong by saying his first words at age four; the following year
he took his first steps.
Scouting has always been a part of Jon’s life. His mom, Kitty, was the leader for his older sister Amanda’s Girl Scout troop so he was always present when the meetings were held at their home. One day when he was young, he decided he’d had enough of the girl stuff and asked, “Mom, can we have a Girl Scout troop, but with ALL BOYS?” He was happy to learn there was such a thing as Boy Scouts!
Jennifer, a 23 year-old regional center client, recently
participated in the Project
Search internship at Kaiser while a student at Laurel Ruff School.
Jennifer interned in the operating room, lab, and intensive care
unit. She was given clearance for special access areas of
the hospital and was able to watch operations.
Richard is a 26 year old man that likes things that spin. In fact, his mom Cathy says he’s obsessed with spinning. She and her husband have helped to focus their son’s fascination into a skill that has brought him both success and pleasure; he’s a woodturner. It started as a high school student in Texas when, having little success with the school’s effort to develop meaningful activities for him, his mom came up with the idea to provide him with training in a creative way.
Cale grew up in a supportive, hard-working family and had a dream
of starting his own company, just like his grandpa did. He
had watched him grow a small dry cleaning business from one shop
to four over the years which influenced Cale in his developing