A group of parents and other concerned community leaders joined with the Woman’s Club of Warwick to promote the welfare of people with developmental disabilities. Out of this first effort, the Peninsula Council for Help of Retarded Children (PCHRC) was formed. The early years can be characterized as a period of education for individuals with disabilities, their parents, and the community as a whole. The organization connected with the national movement by affiliating with the Virginia and National Councils for Retarded Children. The organization’s primary goal was to establish services to fill the void that existed at that time. Emphasis was placed on working with school officials to establish special education classes in public schools.
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