Roy Skeen, Charles Gerber, Don Keohane, and Elmer Gross founded the Macoupin Center for the Developmentally Disabled
The Center was first located at the Girl Scout Little House, 721 East 2nd Street in Carlinville, IL, and since has made two moves before opening the doors at our current location, 700 East Elm Street,
Originally the organization was founded as a school to provide an education for children who otherwise were not able to attend public school, due to developmental disabilities including Mental Retardation, Down Syndrome, Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
Since that time, laws have been passed requiring public schools to provide free and appropriate education for all children up to the age of 21, regardless of ability.
As the needs of the students changed over the years, so did the purpose of the Center. Academic skills are still taught and maintained through classroom work, but more emphasis is placed on learning appropriate social skills and life skills.
Now the goal of MCDD is to meet the needs of adults with disabilities living in Macoupin and surrounding counties. We serve individuals with developmental disabilities who are 18 years of age and older to provide them with continued education catered to their individual abilities, provide them with important social and life skills, social interaction, and to engendering a sense of belonging, purpose and self worth.
The MCDD provides a Day Learning Center from 9am to 3pm, including transportation service to and from the Center, providing
guardians a unique place for their loved ones to go while they work or accomplish other personal tasks.
Though our budget only allows us to assist a limited number of individuals at the Center, we also offer programs to assist others throughout Illinois, such as our Camp Goodtimes and Mini Olympics. We hope to continue to provide these services and more to these special people who have become our extended family.
If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a student at MCDD, feel free to contact us or stop by for a visit. We would love to give you a tour of our facility and introduce you to the life of students here.
Because of the unpredictability of the funds we receive, we are always in great need of donations of money, supplies, and volunteer time. We could not continue to provide the services we do without the help of our friends. Please consider giving a monetary donation, if you are able.
We can now accept donations online through PayPal via the ‘Donate' buttons located at the top of the page, or right here:
Donations of supplies are always welcome, so please check our ongoing list of needs.
1980's Breaking ground for the modern facility