The Early Years...

Across the nation during the 1950’s, persons with  intellectual and developmental disabilities

(I/DD) were still being hidden away in both public and private institutions, or they were kept at home with little to no educational opportunities afforded them. But parents and concerned citizens were beginning to acknowledge that the application of newly developed special education teaching methodologies could result in measureable educational gains for even the most severely impaired children.  Add to this the growing sentiment to abolish segregation at all levels of society and parents were finally encouraged that their children could benefit from community-based educational and skill-development programs that would focus on societal inclusion, not exclusion.

And so in 1954, parents of children with significant developmental disabilities who had been raised in their home community were joined by other Grant County leaders to establish an organization whose purpose was to promote and provide for community-based educational opportunities.

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