It is the mission
of Disabled Persons Action Organization
quality and effective individualized services to developmentally
disabled children and adults in Jefferson and Lewis Counties.
The services are primarily geared toward helping families cope
with the stress of caring for their disabled loved ones.
Welcome to the online home of Disabled
Persons Action Organization!
years, DPAO has provided needed services to
residents of Jefferson and Lewis Counties. We
encourage you to learn more about the programs
and services of our organization. We also hope
that you return regularly to this site for up to
date information on our cultural productions as
well as our Summer Concert Series.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental
disability; signs typically appear during early childhood
and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact
with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors
and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals
differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single
cause of autism, but increased awareness and early
diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate
services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes.
Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed
learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or
holding a conversation; difficulty with executive
functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning;
narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory
sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow
many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others
besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is
applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their
In 2016, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention issued their ADDM
autism prevalence report. The
report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to
1 in every 68 births in the United States – nearly
twice as great as the 2004
rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight
shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for
the nation to consider how to serve families facing a
lifetime of supports for their children. In June 2014, researchers
estimated the lifetime
cost of caring for a child with autism is as great as $2.4
million. The Autism Society estimates that the United States
is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism.
(This figure includes research, insurance costs and
non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism,
educational spending, housing, transportation, employment,
related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.)
For more information on Autism Awareness, visit
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Disabled Person Action
Organization’s Economic Impact Study
New Research Report Shows DPAO
Concert Series An Engine For Economic Impact And Jobs
A recent survey report by the
Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College
on behalf of the Disabled Persons Action Organization (DPAO)
concludes that the DPAO Summer Concert Series was
responsible for a positive financial impact of over $10
Million Dollars in the region over the past five years!
The report specifically identified
the following impacts the Concert Series had had on the
greater Watertown region.
- Over the past 5 years (2012-2016) an annual average
of 9722 people attended a DPAO concert
- The estimated economic impact for this five year
period is $10,204,311
- 16.2 jobs as an average are created annually by the
DPAO Summer Concert Series-for every 1000 attendees 2.52
jobs are created in the community
In addition the report in part
considers the results of customer intercept studies taken
through-out the 2016 DPAO concert series.
- Over 11% of the attendees traveled from outside the
area and stayed overnight in the region
- 95 % of those concert attendee’s surveyed viewed the
DPAO Summer Concert Series as a valuable addition to the
quality of life in the community
- Data from the past five years indicates each
attendee had a direct and indirect economic impact to
the community of $212.76 per concert event
Another interesting fact is that
almost 84% of concert attendee’s plan on going to future
DPAO Concerts and will also recommend them to others.
This study is the most detailed
statistical look at data at this particular group of people
in our community and it offers value to other businesses
besides DPAO as well as public officials and regional
economic developers. The success of the Summer Concert
Series over the past 40 years can be attributed to our
concert goers and loyal sponsors.
The proceeds from the DPAO Summer
Concert Series are used to fund the programs and services
provided to over five hundred families that DPAO serves in
multiple counties. It is very gratifying to know that these
shows have had such a positive economic impact on our
community and that the concert attendees realize these
events enhance the quality of life in our area.
Since 1974, DPAO’s mission has
been to provide quality and effective individualized
services to developmentally disabled children and adults in
Jefferson and Lewis Counties. The services are primarily
geared to helping families cope with the stress of caring
for their disabled loved ones.
For more information on DPAO’s
programs and services please call (315) 782-3577.