OUR AGENCY HISTORY
SINCE 1951 MAKING LIVES BETTER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
A Rich And Innovative History
1951- My Day Counts Begins:
A small group of parents gathered in Anaheim to form a parent group to benefit their children with developmental disabilities. There were no special education classes or services for adults with disabilities in 1951.
1952 - Classes Started:
The group starts classes taught by volunteer teachers for children with developmental disabilities in a former Santa Ana Army Airfield Base barrack on the grounds of Orange Coast College.
1954 - Public School Class:
The agency was officially incorporated as Orange County Association for Retarded Children. The new agency OCARC starts the first Public School Class for children with developmental disabilities in Garden Grove.
1960 - 1st Workshop:
OCARC opened its first workshop for 13 adults with developmental disabilities in Costa Mesa.
1961 - Public School:
OCARC provided a school in the Children’s Assistance League Building in Fullerton.
1964 - Focus on Adults:
OCARC begins to focus its services on adults as the State of California passed a law making it mandatory that public schools provide Special Education classes.
1965 - Recognition!:
Disneyland's Community Service Awards program honored 17 county organizations with cash awards totaling $15,000. The Outstanding Award was won by the Orange County Association for Retarded Children.
1975 - 2nd Workshop:
OCARC opened its second workshop in Anaheim. and changed it's name to Orange County Association for Retarded Citizens.
1976 - Independent Living:
OCARC funds innovative project to support three girls living independently in their own apartment. Regional Center takes over funding after successful first year.
1978 - Basic Living Skills:
OCARC creates new program offered through Cypress College. College takes over funding after successful first year.
1986 - Community Employment:
OCARC begins transition of clients to jobs in the Community.
1988 - Community Programming:
OCARC converts site-based Day Activity Programs to community programming.
1989 - Workshops Consolidated:
OCARC completes consolidation of three workshops and administrative offices in Orange.
1996 - CCDAP Started:
OCARC creates innovative program combining paid work with site and community based activities for seniors and more challenged clients.
1998 - Family Connections:
OCARC receives grant from RCOC to start the first Adult Family Home Agency (AFHA) in Orange County.
2000 - New Facilities:
OCARC does a public bond offering to purchase a 58,000 sq. ft building in Anaheim, housing Orange County’s largest work activity program.
2005 - Life Unlimited:
OCARC creates “Life Unlimited”- A specially designed and equipped facility for the severely physically challenged.
2007 - 2007 PIMCO Foundation Excellence Award:
Received in September
2008 - Rite Bite Snack Shop Opens:
A “Paid While Learning” Job Training Site created for OCARC clients, together with the introduction of healthy food & beverage choices.
2009 - OCARC GOES GREEN:
Significant upgrades were made to the facility resulting in reduced energy consumption and utility costs.
2010 - OCARC Partners with Groden Center of Rhode Island:
To develop family homes for Autistic Adults.
2012 - SourceUS launched:
SourceUS - An Integrated Workforce Company providing packaging, assembly and fulfillment is launched. An innovative employment model that includes employees with disabilities and those without working side-by-side performing the same tasks for equal pay! The Agency name was changed to Orange County Adult Achievement Center reflecting the new direction for the agency.
2015 - My Day Counts
OCAAC becomes My Day Counts integrating training, mentoring, education, employment and core life skills into a model program to meet a future generation.