David Lopez is a charismatic individual who is well respected
throughout Alta California Regional Center (ACRC). In addition to
being a client of ACRC, he holds a position on the Executive
Management Team (EMT) as the Client Advocate. David has served as
a full-time employee for 22 years, recently celebrating his
employee anniversary on January 2. The role of Client Advocate
provides him the opportunity to work with and educate clients,
Service Providers, and Service Coordinators on Client’s Rights
and the functions of a Regional Center.
Keely started at Alta California Regional Center (ACRC) as a
Service Coordinator in April 2018. Prior to her employment at
ACRC, Keely worked with migrant families in schools, providing
counseling to help children pursue higher education. She made the
transition to ACRC because she witnessed the obstacles her own
family faced while raising her two nephews who are blind and
Autistic. Keely was motivated to offer help not only to her
family, but other families as well.
As a single mother with five children, four boys and a girl who
is disabled, Autumn found it demanding to live an active
lifestyle. She was going through a difficult divorce, and needed
a way to decompress and get her children engaged in an activity
they could all participate in. However, her daughter, Story
Grace, imposed significant physical limitations that required
consideration. Story Grace is a nonverbal, legally deaf and blind
five-year-old, who is tub-fed her meals. She functions much like
a six-month old, depending on her mother to carry and care for
Dr. Wardinsky has been dedicated to serving the members of the
disabled community for 50 years as a Pediatrician and
Genetic/Congenital Defect consultant. He started his career at
ALTA California Regional Center (ACRC) 25 years ago as Clinical
Director and currently holds the position of Staff Physician
providing medical consultation to Service Coordinators and
clients. Dr. Wardinsky has always had a strong interest in
providing care for people with Intellectual Disabilities and
Stefania is resilient, tenacious, determined and positive. She is
a light for her coworkers and family, and the epitome of
inspiration. Her beaming, contagious smile is only the surface of
her uplifting personality. Stefania is a go-getter; she exercises
twice a week, holds two competitive employment positions,
maintains a social life, and she believes she can do more and is
constantly setting new goals. Her productivity isn’t hindered by
her disability (Cerebral Palsy) and she doesn’t plan on slowing
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!