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Our History

The SACL is about families. 54 years ago families began to work to make life in the community a reality for their sons and daughters with disabilities. They knew that their children had gifts to give to their communities and that they should have the same opportunties as all other children. Today, that vision still guides our work.

One of the first areas to be identified as needing change was education. In the 1950's there was no right of education for students with intellectual disabilities. Families of these children got together, raised the money and ensured that their children would be educated -at first in a separate environment, and then eventually integrated into regular schools and classrooms.