It was an uphill battle to gain community acceptance in the early days, but Community Living Central Huron is looking back on 60 years of accomplishment.
It was in the spring of 1959 that a group of parents banded together, to improve the situation of local people with special abilities.
In tune with the attitudes of the time, many were sent to institutions and hidden from public view.
The anniversary milestone Wednesday was marked by a celebration at Community Living headquarters on Suncoast Drive in Goderich.
Executive Director Rosemary Foran says the Community Living movement has been a leader in changing society's perceptions and attitudes to their clients.
She explains that Community Living locations across Ontario have been instrumental in promoting social inclusion of its clients in schools and broader society.
Foran recalls the resistance shown by some Goderich residents in 1978, when Community Living set up its group home, in what is now the organization's headquarters.
The Suncoast Drive building also was the site of a sheltered workshop.
Wednesday's celebration was also marked by the raising of the organization's flag, to recognize Community Living Month in May.