Our Rich History
Our organization was created in 1963 out of the sheer guts and passion of a small group of families determined to start a school for their children. They rejected the advice of their physicians to send their infants away to institutions. Bringing them home, they faced a world without services, supports, funding, or examples of what might be possible.

A strong group of committed founding families spearheaded early battles and helped keep the dreams alive. They devoted their lives to gathering other parents who shared the same dream of building a school for their children. They spoke to community groups. They faced a lot of opposition from well meaning experts and parents, but persevered. Together, they held bake sales, opened small thrift shops, and asked for businesses to help.

In 1963, John F. Kennedy signed the Mental Retardation and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act into law providing federal funding for community mental health and mental retardation centers in the United States. Our founding families managed to raise enough funds to provide the match money for one of these first grants awarded in the state of Ohio. They raced against time to raise the needed funds and created their rally cry - we are on the threshold. Threshold continues today as the name of our semi-annual newsletter about the milestones and wonderful stories about those whose lives have been touched by our organization.

Over the years, new legislation was enacted and funding evolved as our country embraced more options for people with disabilities. Our organization continued to change with the times: closing the original school as mainstream education became best practice; opening group homes; bringing supports, training and consultation into the home of families and schools; developing specialized programs for those with co-occurring mental health issues. We’ve evolved beyond the founding vision of a resident home and school.

In 2013, in celebration of our 50th anniversary, we changed our name to Envision. This new name acknowledges just how much has changed in our world over the past 50 years. But at the same time, it retains our founder’s passion for stretching into the future, and staying on the forefront of what can emerge to expand and enrich the lives of those we serve.  

Moving forward, Envision continues to be dedicated to offer best practice services that best support the individual.  We focus on "what's happened to you," to discover how past trauma and chronic stress may be contributing to current behavior.  This person-centered approach to our work creates a culture of caring throughout the organization.  We welcome you become engaged with us!

The progress that has been made has been significant, but represents only a few steps along the path that must yet be traveled. 

- Stuart Warshauer, 1963
  Founder and Board Chairman

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