Alan Short Center serves Sacramento and San Joaquin counties and accepts referrals from Valley Mountain Regional Center.
Alan Short Center is a non-profit agency that provides opportunities to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Center creates options which foster personal growth through programs that bolster life, communication and vocational skills, art and other mechanisms. Studio art classes utilize varied medias and include: drawing, painting, silk screening and ceramics. Students have the opportunity to explore jewelry making, fabric painting/dying and photography.
Academic classes include money management and creative writing. Life skills classes include recreational and cultural activities, sports/fitness workouts and cooking classes. Daily living skills are also learned, which include conflict resolution, relationship interaction and hygiene improvement.
Vocational activities include volunteer work with various non-profit agencies, work opportunities in the student-run store and janitorial training for skills useful at home and at work.
The performing arts department is currently working on combining drama and music to create videos and are also developing acts for both drama and music classes to perform for the public together and separately.