About Dave Gaines
Dave is the founder and CEO of Sacramento Autistic Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance (SASSNA), a nonprofit organization in Sacramento, California that provides high-quality, comprehensive social services to mentally-diverse young people and their families in the Greater Sacramento region. Dave’s formal background is in applied behavior analysis and psychology.
Through self-teaching, he has developed a strong understanding of law. Dave is a capable educational advocate and consultant, and he also is knowledgeable in navigating government agencies, such as the regional center system, health insurance, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A unique characteristic of Dave is that he is autistic and has obsessive compulsive disorder. His first-hand experiences with mental diagnoses strongly influence his work and give him a tangible advantage that most professionals don’t possess.
On a personal note, Dave likes sports cars, cats, ice hockey, technology, and intelligence.