The Council on Disabilities is Founded

The Jefferson County Council for Retarded Children later called the Council on Disabilities or simply “The Council” was founded.

Their first president Leroy Stevens states, “This is a spiritual undertaking devoted to mentally retarded children regardless of race, creed or color” (quite a stand to take in that day!)  The Council was a grass roots effort that initiated educational and training programming for people with IDD as well as sheltered workshops and camping programs at a time when no other consistent formal supports were available in the public or private sector.

Involved also with the Council at that time were such people as John and Leona Nalley, Rev. H.C. and Ruth Buege and a few years later, Rudy Doerherfer; each were parents of loved ones with disabilities and who also became founding families of Cedar Lake.