Nominations:Courage Center

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Since its origins in 1928 as the Minnesota Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Courage Center has been a national leader in providing services to people of all ages with a wide range of physical disabilities, and in advocating for public policies and changes in societal attitudes in order to create greater opportunities for all. Courage Center was literally built through the philanthropic and volunteer support of many thousands of Minnesotans over the decades, and stands as a great tribute to the generous spirit of our state. It's probably not possible to accurately count the total number of lives changed by Courage Center--clients served, their families, their communities, and those who have provided and supported the services. For the most part we now take it as a given that people with disabilities should be able to live independently and not in institutions, to achieve great educational and vocational goals, and fully participate in the life of the community. That was far from the case when the early pioneers began to work to raise awareness and to create services. Wilko Schoenbaum, who oversaw the transition of MSCCA into Courage Center, the opening of Camp Courage and the development of Courage into a nation-leading comprehensive rehabilitation services provider, deserves special mention.
~Jan Malcolm, Minneapolis, MN'

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