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Message from the Founder

Portrait of Elizabeth Jinzo, Founder of Designated Exceptional Services for Independence
D.E.S.I. Founder & Executive Director Elizabeth Jinzo

“When my daughter Desirae was born, she was born extremely premature. As a young mother, I did not realize or understand the challenges I would be facing of raising a child with a disability. I was already raising a son and daughter.

I decided that I had to ensure that she would benefit from the same education and support such as those of her brother and sister. I had limited resources, but sought information through my community.

As Desirae grew older, she started to face other challenges in academics as well as in social emotional development. Fortunately, I had training comprised of the educational system and of the Regional Center.

I learned that through a team effort she could be mainstreamed and succeed as long as she had the support. Time has progressed and I have developed an agency to help others achieve the vision and dream I have developed for my daughter.

I have met many families that struggle with the same questions, and I am there to help along the way, by making sure their loved one’s transformation is successful into their community.

We are here to serve you!”

Elizabeth Jinzo, Founder & Executive Director
Elizabeth Jinzo and her Daughter, Desirae Lopez
(Left) Elizabeth Jinzo and her daughter, Desirae Lopez pictured as a baby - (right) Elizabeth and Desirae pictured as a young woman

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