On April 7, 1952, a brave group of parents from our community gathered together and decided they wanted something more-something different- for their children with disabilities. At that time, it was the norm to place people with intellectual and developmental disabilities away in institutions. But ADEC’s founding parents decided to forge their own path. Not only did they keep their children at home and start a school for them, but they dreamed of their children becoming a part of the community. The very first employees at ADEC were the parents themselves as they worked to give their children opportunities no one has thought possible. Now, more than 65 years later, many of these children are now senior citizens who still receive ADEC services. As they have grown, so has ADEC.