Since 1982, we’ve been helping adults and children with intellectual disabilities reach their highest potential.

Anne Grady Young Resident


Since 1982, we’ve been helping adults and children with intellectual disabilities reach their highest potential.

Our mission has always been to enable individuals to experience lives of dignity and respect.

In the 1970s, Anne and Walter Grady were among a group of parents and guardians who were desperately seeking residential options for their adult children with intellectual disabilities. Determined to avoid the conditions she witnessed inside state institutions, Anne became a driving force behind the effort. Originally named the DECEM Center, the residence opened in 1982.

Two weeks before Anne passed away in 1988, the Center’s board of directors voted to honor her efforts by renaming it the Anne Grady Center. Today, the organization provides a vast array of services for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, including intermediate care facilities, day programming, supported living, respite, transportation, and outpatient therapy.



Our original organization, DECEM, is incorporated to provide residential options for adults with intellectual disabilities.


First individual moves into the DECEM Center.


DECEM’s founder, Anne Grady, passes away. The Board of Directors renames the organization to Anne Grady Center/Services to honor her.


Our first ICF Group home is constructed, and Community Programs begins Supported Living service.


Jack Mixon Natatorium opens.


Respite care for children begins with the opening of Anne’s House.


Day Services programming begins as DISCOVERY Day Program opens on Trade Road.


Community Transit Service (CTS) begins transportation services.


Anne’s House is renamed Noah’s House to honor Noah Mills.


Walter Grady, long-time Anne Grady Foundation Board President and widower of Anne Grady, passes away.


Out-patient therapy programming begins.


Downsizing plan reduces Anne Grady Center from 84 to 53 beds.


Our second Day Services program, Adult Day Program, opens on Glanzman Road.


In May, the first children’s home opens at the Center on the E1 Home.


In July, the Zone group-home construction—a six-bed ICF home and the last home in our downsizing project—is completed. Since the building of our first group home, the Eber Home, Anne Grady added the following ICF homes: Eileen, Everwood, South, Dorr, Hill, and Zone.