The 80s



Habilitation Center forms
The Woodhaven Habilitation Center becomes a reality in order to train adults with disabilities for work.

Connecting to the community.
Two community-focused programs develop. While the programs had many names throughout the years, they primarily are known as the Occupational Resource Center and the Community Education Center. The Occupational Resource Center focuses on equipping adult consumers for work while the Community Education Center helps school-age individuals maximize personal, social and mental skills.



Helen Keller National Center affiliation
The school becomes a recognized service provider for persons who are deaf and blind and ACT develops a relationship with this nationally recognized program.



Groundwork laid for the future
Initial steps are taken to provide mid-Missouri’s first work-training program for individuals with disabilities preparing to work in sheltered workshops.



Building plans take shape
Plans develop to build its own facility on Burlington.



A new era begins
Alternative Community Training, Inc., ACT, is the organization’s new name.

National certification awarded
ACT receives accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The organization is the premiere accrediting organization in the rehabilitation field. ACT has earned the maximum certification every three-year period since 1987.

Community work program gets a boost
ACT is one of the first in Missouri to initiate a new program—the ACT Career Services Program. The Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation grant helps ACT fulfill the goal of providing long-term support to clients working in the community.



New building opens
ACT opens its facility at 2200 Burlington.


ACT in the 1990s