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Annual State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) joins Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown in kicking off the holiday season on Monday, December 5th at the 85th Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting at the State Capitol. DDS is pleased that seven-year-old twin boys, Alex and Alan Rosales, were chosen by South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC) to help the Governor and First Lady light the tree and hang special ornaments created by children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Alex and Alan represent over 300,000 individuals with developmental disabilities who receive services and supports from the state developmental centers and 21 non-profit regional centers. Alex and Alan began showing signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at age two and a half, and shortly after began receiving services and supports through SCLARC. They are currently in the second grade at 99th Street Elementary in Los Angeles and are progressing well in academics, sports and socially. Alex was recently named Student of the Month for October and joined the Los Angeles Unified School District Special Olympics Team for the 2016-17 school year. Alan has a love of LEGOS™ and is a builder at heart. They have a number of hobbies and interests, including a passion for cars which they indulge at the Peterson Automotive Museum, and regularly go on cultural outings in L.A. Alex and Alan are very excited to meet the Governor and light the beautiful Capitol tree with their advocate mother, Mildred Orellana, family and friends. Please read more about the boys in the biography posted here. Please join DDS and SCLARC in congratulating Alex and Alan Rosales of Los Angeles on being named the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighters!