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New Name and Facilities

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Feb

New Name and Facilities

The organization grew substantially in the 1960s and changed its name to the Peninsula Association for Retarded Children (PARC). Chester Carlson, inventor of the xerographic process, and his wife Dorris became interested in helping the PARC secure quality facilities for their services. The generosity of the Carlsons enabled the organization to purchase 38 acres of land in Hampton and establish the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center as a regional alternative to institutions. PARC subsequently created the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation for the purpose of owning and managing the physical property. Also during the 1960s, Boy Scout Troop 140 and Girl Scout Troop 65 were formed and became the primary organizations to sponsor recreational and social activities for individuals with disabilities. These two troops were eventually combined into Explorer Post 140, which today is the largest special-needs scout troop in the United States.

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