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Celebrating TCH's 50th Anniversary
2017 marks TCH's 50th year of providing hope and purpose for individuals with disabilities.
You may ask "why is this so significant?"
Yes, many organizations have been operating for 50 years or longer, but what makes our anniversary so special to us is the many accomplishments and advancements we've made since 1967. Not just here at TCH but in the disability community as a whole.
A lot has changed in the disability community, it may surprise some of you to know the types of interactions with the community that were considered acceptable even within the past 10 years. Did you know the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act has only been around since 2004? Or that in 1987, it was acceptable for airlines to refuse passage to a person solely because of a disability? The first legal definition of developmental disabilities didn't even exist until 1970!
In 1967, when TCH opened, lobotomies were still common practice. And most people with developmental disabilities lived in institutions. TCH was created when a few caregivers who cared for each other's children with disabilities decided to expand into a small non-profit, providing their services to the public.
TCH has been growing ever since. Expanding first into group homes and a day care program for children with disabilities. Eventually, services expanded to help adults and our employment program was added!
Over the years the community and TCH have grown and changed, but there is still work to be done. The general population has gone from isolating family members with disabilities or committing people to institutions to working together as a community, fighting for rights and working hard to do away with stigmas. The work is not done, as there are still many people who don't understand how beautiful the population we serve truly is. We work every day to provide quality of life and happiness for our members, and I hope that over the next 50 years we all grow to have a better understanding of the beauty a person with a disability can bring into all of our lives. We are lucky to get to experience it now. Here's to another 50 years of providing hope and purpose at TCH!
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