Construction began on the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University Bloomington, then known as the Developmental Training Center (DTC), in December of 1967. Funding for construction was authorized through a Public Services grant approved by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Completed in 1970, at a time when institutionalization and sheltered workshops were the norm for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the purpose of the DTC was to “educate children with disabilities for life in a community.”
This was the vision of Dr. Delton C. Beir, then director of the Psychological Clinic and Graduate Training Program in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University and “father” of the design of the DTC as a residence center.Thus began, what is now a 46-year journey, of VISIONARY and practical solutions in disability through research, education, and service in Indiana. The Indiana Institute works to put good ideas into everyday practice in schools and community settings to improve choices and quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.