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In 1961, a group of mothers founded Villa Esperanza Services because they believed that their special needs children deserved quality care and education. Not only did they found one of the first schools in Los Angeles County for children with Down syndrome, but they were vocal in the community and advocated for their children. Today, Villa serves individuals of all ages, from infants to seniors, with a variety of intellectual/developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy.

This mission of advocacy has been at the heart of Villa’s organizational goals ever since that group of mothers first spoke out 57 years ago. Villa continues to be at the leading edge of advocating for those that cannot speak for themselves. Villa’s CEO is the Co-Chairman of a coalition of 16 Southern California non-profits dedicated to increasing awareness and educating both local and state legislators, friends and families on the importance of continued funding.

Villa's overall advocacy goal is to help protect services for children, adults, and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Steps to increasing visibility and advocacy include:

Today, advocacy is more important than ever. On April 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the overall autism prevalence rates in the U.S. have increased and now an estimated 1 in 59 American children are on the autism spectrum. This speaks to the even greater need for Villa Esperanza Services. Villa is very much part of the day-to-day solution for families.

We hope you will join Villa in becoming an advocate for the developmentally disabled community. Whether it’s through educating friends and family, letter writing, or becoming a community partner, we appreciate all you can do to bring visibility to the developmentally disabled community. We are happy to provide you with additional information and invite you to join our email list and check out our Facebook page.

Please visit our “Advocate” page for additional information.

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 Villa Esperanza Services / 2116 E. Villa Street, Pasadena, CA 91107

Tel: (626) 449-2919 / Fax: (626) 449-2850


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