By Ali Balgooyen, Multi Media Video Journalist - bio | email
60-years-ago two mothers started a school for their disabled children. That school has now grown into the Blanchard Valley Center. Today, they serve 500 people of all ages. Superintendent of Blanchard Valley Center Connie Ament has seen first hand just how people with disabilities have now become a part of the community.
Blanchard Valley Center provides residential living for those people with disabilities who need it. With activities like gardening and an onsite workshop, it allows people with disabilities extra options.
People that come to visit are able to enjoy themselves and can see the positive atmosphere here at Blanchard Valley Center.
The Blanchard Valley Center Gala Event celebrated the changes that have been made over the years.
It was the first school for children with disabilities in Hancock county.
Construction levies were approved in the 60's and 70's, and is credited for the major development of their operating facilities. The first residential units opened in 1976 and 1977.
Today Blanchard Valley Center is the only operating facility for people with mental disabilities.