In 1949, a group of parents formed the MRCA (Mentally Retarded Children's Aid), a non-profit organization designed to provide functional education for their children. Back then children with developmental disabilities were not allowed in public schools because they did not pass standard IQ tests. The parents were convinced their children could learn and were determined to give them that opportunity. In 1951 they changed the name to Seguin RCA in honor of Edouard Seguin, a 19th century French physician, known for his work in Europe and the United States with children with learning disabilities.
Through the parents’ hard work and community support, Seguin RCA hired teachers and launched and training classes in a church basement. Our founding parents joined others nationwide who shared the same determination to provide education for their children. They demanded equal education for all children regardless of their abilities. They fought long and hard and, ultimately, were instrumental in bringing about Public Law 94-142 in 1975, which provides equal access to public education for all children, and the creation of state ARC’s (Association for Retarded Citizens). They were then, and are now, the vanguards of services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
After Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, and children with disabilities were enrolled in public schools, our founders realized there were no supportive services after their children left the school system. The SRCA exists today to create and share joyful experiences with our participants, who range in age from 22 to 75! Our mission is to provide life-enriching activities for adults with disabilities.
In our 71 years, thanks to loving parents, a committed board of directors and passionate volunteers, we have served thousands of individuals with disabilities and their families, through life-enriching social and recreational programs. We provide quality activities at no cost to participants – summer, respite and year-round day camp, bowling, seasonal parties, weekly music and art classes and most importantly lots of fun for friends to get together and enjoy life. All thanks to generous donors like you!
Without you we couldn't serve these wonderful people who so need and deserve the programs we offer. Please join our cause and help support our life-enriching partnership with adults with disabilities!