SDS was founded in 1981 to address the growing need for a community- based organization to develop and implement a full continuum of functional skill development, employment placement, and job training services for persons with disabilities in Solano County. Since that time, the organization’ s growth has been steady, with the first wages paid to program participants in 1983.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding began in 1983 and continued for 10 subsequent years. SDS received Department of Rehabilitation certification in 1986. A 1987 grant from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) enabled SDS to initiate supported employment services.
In 1991, SDS broadened its scope to begin serving people with psychiatric disabilities.
United Way Partnership status was obtained in 1993 and SDS’s first three- year accreditation for supported employment was awarded through the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF).
During SDS’s two decades of service, the organization has succeeded in developing a comprehensive range of support services to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access the necessary resources to live more independently.
As Solano County has experienced dramatic business growth throughout the past 35 years, SDS has made a remarkable contribution to this growing sector.
Since its inception, the organization has placed individuals in a range of employment positions within numerous retail, fast food and restaurant, janitorial, grocery, recycling, and landscape and maintenance business sectors. Employment opportunities have also been provided to individuals participating in SDS’s Day Training Programs in Vallejo and Fairfield.