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Congratulations to our Latest Grant Recipients


At the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities (FDD), our mission is to generate and distribute funds to innovative programs that enhance the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Through our Program Grant opportunities, we invest in nonprofit organizations that create access to innovative programs for individuals with IDDs.


As we continue to make an impact in our core impact areas which includes employment, family support, housing, and self-advocacy, we are proud to share FDD’s Board of Directors' latest approval of over $50,000 in Program Grant funding to seven organizations across San Diego.

Please join us in celebrating our latest program grantees. Learn more about the incredible work these organizations are doing to make an impact on the lives of individuals with IDDs and their families.


Amanda's Adaptive Martial Arts is a non profit that aims to provide high quality martial arts education to children and adults with special needs. Their Karate Kids and Cubs provides a year-long after-school martial arts program for special needs children between 3-16 with the opportunity to learn self-defense, build confidence, and develop physical strength. The funds from the Foundation will be used to provide scholarships for low-income students to attend tuition free and increase capacity from 30 to 60 children in 2023/2024 school year.


Dancing around the Oak Tree Inc Studio hosts free art classes at the San Diego Central Library for adults with I/DD. These multi-cultural events give individuals with all abilities the opportunity to express and display their art in a supportive and encouraging way. Foundation funds will be used to buy all the art supplies needed for the program.


Includ(Ed) SD addresses the need for inclusive early childhood education programs for children with developmental disabilities. Grant funds from the Foundation will go towards purchasing curriculum resources, assessments to help students reach their goals, as well as adaptive equipment to support their students with disabilities.


Kid Power San Diego's Health and Safety Powers Initiative will equip 150 of the most at-risk and vulnerable people with I/DD and their families and support systems with experiential, success-based emotional safety, assertive advocacy, boundaries, positive communication, and personal safety skills.


Path Now is a creative, accessible and unique mobile application that enables individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) to safely and easily connect with community service providers electronically in California. Funding from the Foundation will help to create tutorials in English and Spanish to increase the reach and access of the application.


The San Diego Children's Discovery Museum's Sensory Sundays are geared towards families with children on the spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. This event is a welcoming, comfortable environment for children and their families to enjoy the Museum in a quiet and accepting setting. Foundation funds will be used to reduce admission to this event making it more accessible to all.


The Self Determination Conference is a one-day conference for up to 300 people with I/DDs, their families, advocates, and allies. The conference is designed to broaden and deepen understanding of best practices in self-determination, provide training and technical assistance to current and future participants in the self-determination program, and build a strong community network.


Casa De Mosaic provides employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The money from the Foundation will provide supplies for their program.


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