Rockets & Robots!


The Rockets & Robots Club mission is to develop and encourage the natural ability of children on the autism spectrum for the purposes of preparing them for a science-related career and enhancing their enjoyment of life in an environment that is sensitive to their needs.

Autistic children are characterized as having a “ragged” skill set.  They typically have challenges in areas such as socialization, sensory overload and understanding nuance.  However, they usually have exceptionally high abilities in science and math.  Parents and caregivers necessarily focus on their challenges.  The Rockets & Robots club will focus on their strengths and attempt to develop them in a fun and interesting way. 

The R&R club leader, Russ Rudin, is an adult on the autism spectrum that was one of the lead designers of the current Sidewinder missile and co-designer of the RITA telemedicine robot.  Russ made his first robot out of an old dishwasher when he was 10.  You can find him most days hunched-over his latest project with a soldering iron in one hand and hot-glue gun in the other!

Contact: Russ Rudin, PhD – R&R Club Director

530 215-3828  

ADA Transition Committee Meeting

We invite you to mark your calendar and join DAC for the upcoming ADA Transition Committee Meeting on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 3:30 – 5:00pm.
This critical meeting will provide opportunity to critique the Chico City ADA Transition plan going forward. The discussion is a natural segue way to the City’s upcoming December 5, 2017 Council Meeting where discussion on updates to the City’s ADA Transition Plan awaits the agenda. This is the chance to offer your input.
An interactive city map hangs in the DAC Community Center meeting room located at 1161 East Avenue in Chico. The map remains available for viewing and marking leading up to the December Council Meeting.
Dry erase markers and a message clip board is available for your utilization. DAC staff is happy to help you in any way we are able to facilitate your participation. Please stop by the Center to share your thoughts and mark any barriers on the map of note or concern to you. You may also call the center at (530)893-8527 extension 114 to voice your concern or request a map marking if you are not able to come to the center.

DAC Opposes HR 620

The following letter thanks our Executive Director for writing a letter of opposition.  We urge you to do the same. Instructions follow.

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Amazon Smile

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.


How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.


Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.


How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Making a Change – Healthy California

SB 562 (Lara/Atkins)

Healthy California Act


This bill would create the Healthy California program to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state. The bill, among other things, would provide that the program cover a wide range of medical benefits and other services and would incorporate the health care benefits and standards of other existing federal and state provisions. The bill would require the board to seek all necessary waivers, approvals, and agreements to allow various existing federal health care payments to be paid to the Healthy California program, which would then assume responsibility for all benefits and services previously paid for with those funds.

Learn how you can help.


Fact Sheet:  SB-562-Challenging-Questions

Play Like a Pirate 5.11.18

Where’s yer Buckaneers? The Disability Action Center proudly announces the next decade of swashbuckling, deck swabbing, FUNdraising  Read More

Traumatic Brain Injury

Our Traumatic Brain Injury Program Support Groups and Education offer you opportunity to become better informed. We offer this series free of cost to you.  You can read additional information by

clicking here.

Join us for our Summer Program.