Empowering People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Greater Los Angeles Area to Achieve More!
We specialize in… Health and Wellness, Nutrition Education, Personal Safety Skills, Social Connection Skills, Community Skills, Travel Training, Community Resources, Micro-Enterprise and Supported Employment.
Our service area includes Los Angeles and East Los Angeles, Bell, Downey, Huntington Park, Maywood, Montebello, Pico Rivera, South Gate, Whittier, and adjacent communities.

To teach those with disabilities to live independent lives, so they can be their own person, make their own decisions and experience the joy of doing so.


Client Spotlight: David Rivas

David Rivas has big dreams and an even bigger drive to succeed. The long-time Southern California resident is passionate about music and regularly works DJ gigs throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area. David's D.E.S.I. Educators help him stay focused on chasing his...
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Sandy De Jesus

Sandy De Jesus has been a client of D.E.S.I. since March 2015 and since then has flourished and strives to meet her goals.  She is now living semi-independently with her sister Zenia (whom is also a D.E.S.I client) and is a responsible contributor in her home.  She...
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For the month of August, we have chosen Hernan whom has been with our organization for a few years now. In that time we have seen him blossom into a more sociable and adventurous person with the help of his community educators. Most recently, those community educators...
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The Los Angeles College of Music has a passionate drummer named Roman, who goes out and creates and facilitates drum circles in his community. Roman has not only become familiar with drums but seeks out to share it with his community. He has undertaken the task of...
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Our Services

Designated Exceptional Services For Independence strives to support the unique needs of our clients. Our goal is to make our clients independent and become active members of their community.

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Don’t Miss DESI Game Day 2017!

Don't miss the 2017 DESI Game Day! On Saturday, August 12, we are going to get together at our office in Montebello (located on Beverly Boulevard near Gerhart Ave.) to play a variety of video games and board games. Food will also be provided. The event will take place...

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