For one employee, new position a chance for redemption

2017-02-03T11:40:23-05:00February 3rd, 2017|Direct Support, History|

For most people, a job offer signals validation, respect and the hope of new beginnings. It's exciting to know someone feels you are worth the investment, regardless of whether you take the job. For Karl Kingsley, his most recent job offer [...]

2000 and Beyond

2000-12-10T17:55:24-05:00December 10th, 2000|History|

The emphasis on self-advocacy, value of the contributions consumers make in their local communities, consumer choice and an increase in non-paid interaction between consumers and members of the community started in the 1990s spurred continued action in 2000. Consumers worked vigorously [...]

The Nineties

1990-08-07T17:54:40-05:00August 7th, 1990|History|

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, granting equality of opportunity for our nation’s more than 43 million Americans who experience one or more physical or mental disabilities. Considered the most sweeping piece of [...]

The Eighties

1980-06-01T17:54:06-05:00June 1st, 1980|History|

Endeavoring to improve and expand services for people with visual impairments and for infants and young children in need of early intervention services, the facility at Williams Street was renovated in 1983. A grant funded the improvement project. Within the same [...]

The Seventies

1970-11-20T17:53:24-05:00November 20th, 1970|History|

Through the efforts of volunteers, good things were happening at the Rehabilitation Center with visual impairment services. In the early 1970s more formal programs, including a low vision clinic, were established with the development of a blind rehabilitation services contract with [...]

The Sixties

1960-03-07T17:52:35-05:00March 7th, 1960|History|

Special friends, family members and community supporters of the Council for the Retarded of Elkhart County Inc. began a countywide capital campaign to fund the construction of a new school for children with disabilities. The dedication and open house for Aux [...]

The Fifties

1950-01-07T17:51:21-06:00January 7th, 1950|History|

A small group of parents, concerned about the future of their children with disabilities, began to meet to discuss mutual problems and to plan for their children’s futures. In 1952, this ambitious and compassionate corps organized the Council for the Retarded [...]