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A walk through the over 40-year history of Accredited Supports to the Community (ASC) in Olds takes you through some of the most exciting advances for people with developmental disabilities in Alberta and the changing face of community.

Up until the 1970s, children with developmental disabilities often had to leave their communities to receive services. In many instances this meant care in large institutions. Olds, like most small communities, had nothing for them, but Mountain View County did have a few parents who refused to accept this option for their children. They were pioneers with a vision, determination, a lot of love and who wanted normal lives for their children.

The first dream was to have a school. In 1971, after considerable effort from these parents, Horizon School was opened. Today Horizon School operates as part of the Chinook’s Edge School Division.

In the years that followed the opening of Horizon School, ASC (incorporated on April 1, 1974 under the former name Mountain View Association for Mentally Handicapped) continued to be driven by parents determined to do whatever it took for their children to grow up in their home communities.

Through ongoing commitment and vision, ASC continued to meet the needs of children as they became adults. Homes were built or purchased for people to live in and receive support. Early employment training involved the establishment of businesses. It was still felt that people with disabilities were not always part of the community. A change in thinking would require a “revolution”. Always on the leading edge, ASC moved away from facility-based services and by 1992, people with disabilities were working directly in community businesses and buying or renting their own homes. Olds became a leader among small towns everywhere for its recognition of people with developmental disabilities as contributing citizens.

Through the years, ASC learned that the things that work well for people with disabilities work well for all people. In the late 90s, Accredited Supports to the Community expanded their sources to include supports to families and their new baby (Healthy Families), job seekers and employers (C4E) and continues to provide services when needed.

For many years ASC was focused on making the world better for people with developmental disabilities, now ASC is focused on making the world better for everybody.

Our new office opened in 2009.

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403.556.4110 (Olds Office)
403.901.1951 (Strathmore Office)
403.863.2690 (Airdrie Office)

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Box 3940, 4322 - 50 Ave
Olds, Alberta T4H 1P6

Bay 103-104, 95 Brent Blvd
Strathmore, Alberta T1P 1R8

44 Gateway Drive NE
Airdrie, Alberta T4B 0J6

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