Since 1982, we’ve helped adults and children with intellectual disabilities reach their highest potential.
In the 1970s, a group of area parents and guardians desperately sought residential options for their adult children with intellectual disabilities. Among those families were Anne and Walter Grady, whose son Tom had IDD. The Gradys desired a safe and welcoming place for Tom to live, especially when the inevitable day came when they could no longer care for him.
For her part, Anne was fiercely determined to protect her son from the notoriously deplorable conditions inside state institutions. Her passion was infectious and became a driving force behind the group’s efforts.
Unable to find the caring residence they envisioned, the parents decided to establish one. They began planning a home for 96 individuals and intended to serve those exclusively from local families. However, Ohio legislators made financial support contingent on accepting individuals from statewide development centers. Ultimately, the parties reached a compromise with half the beds reserved for area individuals. And in 1982, the residence opened its doors.
Anne passed away in 1988, but her legacy lives on through the organization that bears her name. Today, Anne Grady Services provides a vast array of assistance for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, including intermediate care facilities, day programming, supported living, transportation, and outpatient therapy.
After Anne’s passing, Walter Grady became a fatherly figure at Anne Grady Services. Walter, a gentle, funny, and cheerful man, often visited his son at the Center. He served as the Anne Grady Services Foundation Board President for many years.
Walter passed away in 2010, and Tom died in 2013.
Thanks to Anne and Walter Grady’s vision and determination, we’re here to help adults and children with intellectual disabilities reach their highest potential. The Gradys will always remain in our memories.
Did you know?
Anne Grady Services was initially named the Decem Center. Decem (pronounced DAY-shem) is the Latin word for ten. Founders chose the name because their original plans called for serving individuals from ten area counties. In 1988, two weeks before Anne Grady passed away, the Center’s board of directors voted to rename the organization in her honor.
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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 opens, and Community Programs begins Supported Living service.
Jack Mixon Natatorium opens.
Respite care for children begins with the opening of Annie’s House.
Day Services programming begins as DISCOVERY Day Program opens on Trade Road.
Community Transit Service (CTS) begins transportation services.
Annie’s House becomes Noah’s House to honor Noah Mills.
Walter Grady, long-time Anne Grady Foundation Board President and widower of Anne Grady passes away.
Outpatient therapy programming begins.
Anne Grady Services began a transition to better meet the needs of our individuals, transitioning 31 of the 85 residents from the main center to our Eileen, Dorr, Hill, South, and Zone Community Homes. This process was a phased approach completed in 2020.
Our second Day Services program, Adult Day Program, opens on Glanzman Road.
First children’s home opens at the Center and the Zone group-home construction is completed. Since then, the Eber Home, Anne Grady added the Eileen, Everwood, South, Dorr, Hill, and Zone ICF homes.
The Eber Home individuals moved into the Zone Avenue Home. Six children living on E1 at the Center moved into the Eber Home.
Anne Grady Service marks its 40th year of service.