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 New Event Unites East LA Area Community for Young Artists with Autism  

Enabled Through the Arts will feature appearances by local dignitaries; performances by local artists, live DJs, stand-up comedians; and grand raffle prizes  

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 18, 2017 – Designated Exceptional Services for Independence (D.E.S.I.), an East LA-based non-profit serving individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities, is announcing the launch of a new community event dedicated to supporting young artists with Autism and other disabilities. The free & all-ages event, entitled Enabled Through the Arts takes place on Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Garage (1852 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033) in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. The goal of the event is to raise $10,000 to provide free tuition and art supplies for D.E.S.I. clients who cannot other afford to pursue their dream careers.

The Sunday event will be attended by visiting representatives from the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Congresswoman Lucille-Roybal, Congressman Jimmy Gomez, as well as Roccio Hernandez, Boyle Heights Area Director for Councilmember District 14 Jose Huizar.

Enabled Through the Arts will feature live DJs and comedic performances, including Comedian Isaac “Flaco” Martinez (Comedy Central, Improv, Ice House), Cabo Comedy Festival Winner Comedian Miguel “El Chueco” Lugo (Improv, Ice House) and DJ Mukta Mohan (MTV, Pod Save America, KXLU). The event’s headliner, LA Area Hip-Hop artist Kiki Smooth, rose to prominence as a DJ for rap icon Easy E. Other performances include DJ Wicked, DJ Looney, and Youth Empowerment talent spotlight performances by The Garage.

Raffle tickets will also be for sale for prizes such as Disneyland Park-Hopper tickets, a Knott’s Berry Farm family ticket package, a $200 American Express card, a pie-a-month for a year at Polly’s Pies, a limited edition Kobe Bryant retirement program, and many other restaurants and businesses throughout the Los Angeles Area. Local art pieces will be available for purchase during a silent auction and throughout the event at the D.E.S.I. Artist Booth. Tacos, churros and other concessions will also be available for purchase.

According to Executive Director Elizabeth Jinzo, 100% of proceeds will go toward the event’s goal. Event sponsors include Besame Mucho, Damsel in Distress, BJ’s Party Supplies, Origami Owl, who will be running vendor booths throughout the day. D.E.S.I. client families are also pitching in to prepare and serve concessions.

“With the California unemployment rate among individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities approaching ninety percent, it’s going to take our whole community to overcome barriers to employment,” says Jinzo, adding that work must be done to dispel notions of what kind of work individuals with disabilities can and should do.

Pictured: (above) – Sergio, a D.E.S.I. client, delivering a handmade greeting card as part of his micro-enterprise training; (below) – Roman, a D.E.S.I. client, leading a therapeutic drum circle at Telacu East Los Angeles.

About Designated Exceptional Services for Independence (D.E.S.I.) Designated Exceptional Services for Independence (D.E.S.I.) is known throughout Southern California as a leader in the field of human services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The organization was established in 2008 by Executive Director Liz Jinzo after she had difficulty finding exemplary services for her daughter, who was born prematurely with multiple developmental disabilities. Services include Community Integration Training, Supported Living Services, Independent Living Services, and Supported Employment Services. D.E.S.I. operates in traditionally underserved, economically disadvantaged (LMI), and culturally diverse communities throughout East and Southeast Los Angeles County. For more information, visit or call (323) 749-6200.


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