Photo Album: 1950s
STAR, June 3, 1953
"New Life for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities – They'll learn work like this at Opportunity Workshop."
Through the doors of a white house in Richfield this fall a group of Twin Cities residents will walk into a new life. They will be young people and adults, and their common bond is the lack of what the great bulk of the population takes for granted – normal mental ability.
In the white house, to be called Opportunity Workshop, these citizens will be given a chance to learn to work. There they will do piecework and woodworking, and be helped to step out into the world of industry if they are capable.
It will be available to people with developmental disabilities coming from any point in the country if their families arrange accommodations for them here. Volunteers will assist in operation of the workshop, and professional advisors will be enlisted to help determine what the person is capable of doing.
May 19, 1956
TRIBUNE, Aug 9, 1957
Nov. 22, 1957
"Help for Ronnie"
The days when the only program for children with developmental disabilities was in state institutions are fast disappearing. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lawrence, found when they moved to Minneapolis from Kansas City, Kan. several months ago that their eight-year-old son Ronald was not a "forgotten child," thanks to public and private agencies and the Minnesota ARC.
Ronnie is one of the children who is now able to participate in an expanding program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Last summer Ronnie Lawrence attended the Association day camp at Glen Lake.
On Sunday the Minneapolis ARC will conduct its door to door "Friendship Day" campaign for funds to help people with developmental disabilities in Hennepin County. Throughout Minnesota, 16,000 volunteers will be participating in the campaign.
STAR, Nov. 16, 1956
Nine children from the Elliot Park Day Care center – children with disabilities – toured the fire station at Twenty-eight and Blaisdell avenues and had the time of their lives. The tour is an annual activity under Barbara Reuter, director of the center.
Sunday, the Minneapolis ARC is sponsoring a countywide, door-to-door "Friendship" drive for funds to support activities like the Day Care center, a summer camp, education and research into retardation. Purpose of the center is to give the youngsters training in group experiences and to relieve parents of some of the burdens of caring for them.