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“ Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States have an intellectual disability. ”

Why Donate to DESI?

D.E.S.I. is proud to have sponsors and supporters who help us provide a greater quality of life for the developmentally disabled residents of East LA and beyond. Your donation will be spent directly assisting developmentally disabled members of our community as they pursue their own dreams.

D.E.S.I. is proud to be a non-profit organization, and all donations made to D.E.S.I. are fully tax-deductible.

In addition to supporting our Community Integration, Independent Living and Supported Employment programs, your donation will allow us to provide vital resources to our clients and needy community members. These include:

  • The Antonio Moran Scholarship for the Developmentally Disabled
  • Therapies (Equestrian, Music, Art, Dance, Fitness)
  • School Supplies
  • Travel Training activities
  • Art Supplies
  • Musical Instruments & Equipment
  • Client Activities and Trips
  • DESI Food Pantry
“ Latino families often lack knowledge of services they are entitled to. ”
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As a Special Olympics athlete put it, “No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.”

The Community We Serve

D.E.S.I. clients work with professional educators and mentors on a variety of subjects, including health and wellness, nutrition education, personal safety skills, social connection skills, independent living skills, community connection skills, travel training, benefits training, resource navigation, micro-enterprise support and supported employment.

At D.E.S.I., the curriculum is individualized to each client, using a Person-Centered Planning process. The curriculum is presented holistically, with multiple areas of growth occurring at once, and instruction takes place at home and in the community. Each learning goal builds on the next, and many clients continue to progress in their skills training with D.E.S.I. for multiple years.

D.E.S.I. is proud to provide outreach services to individuals throughout Los Angeles County. We specialize in connecting low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals and families to the supports and resources they need to succeed. D.E.S.I. is committed to working with historically-marginalized communities throughout East and Southeast Los Angeles County.