1980Habilitation 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.
1981Helen 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.
1983Groundwork 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.
1986Building plans take shape Plans develop to build its own facility on Burlington.
1987A 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.
1989New building opens ACT opens its facility at 2200 Burlington.