One of the major reasons for this expansion, according to the President's Committee, was that activity programs had very definitive roles in state-wide plans for the continuum of programs and services… In addition to preventing institutionalization, activity centers began to enhance public school special education programs for trainable adolescents and young adults by cooperative-joint programming. In some places the schools had people with developmental disabilities for one-half of the day and the activity center had them for the remaining part… Activity programs have also promoted the growth and development of public schools classes for trainable students between the ages of 17-21 years

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Photo courtesy William Bronston, M.D.