In 1970, individuals with disabilities, who had been denied access to a traditional public education, found the help and education they desired when Recreation and Habilitation Services (RAH) was established in Utah County. RAH is a private, non-profit organization that serves individuals with disabilities. Presently, we serve between 1100 and 1300 people each month through training and motivational programs.
RAH's mission is to provide developmentally disabled citizens with training to help them function effectively in society. We are committed to supporting people with disabilities in their pursuit of independence and self-enhancement through training, recreation and involvement in their community.
Benefits We Provide to Our Clients
These services help our participants become happier, more confident, and more socially prepared citizens.
In 1958, children with disabilities who lived at home and were being cared for by their parents were not entitled to a public education. It was at this time that a group of parents and other concerned citizens gathered together in the interest of these children. Despite what they were being told by educational and medical professionals they saw the potential of these children and felt that they could benefit from educational experiences and opportunities.
It wasn't long before they began to outgrow their borrowed surroundings. They needed a home of their own. Plans began to raise funds to build a small school. With the support of community businesses, citizens, private donors, and volunteers their dream was working it's way into becoming a reality.
A land lease was acquired from Provo City and plans were made. The groundbreaking was held on November 5, 1964. Two and one half years later the donations and volunteer hours paid off when on May 4, 1967 the Utah Valley Care and Training Center building was dedicated.
Educational experiences continued in this building for several more years until local school districts were mandated to educate all children including those who had disabilities. For several years following this change, the school building was used by the Provo School district to house an early intervention program for disabled school children.
In 1971 under the direction of the Utah Valley Care and Training Center Board of Directors Recreation for All Handicapped (RAH) was started. Through this program, Individuals with disabilities of all ages were given social and recreational opportunities. This program grew to include a variety of support services for individuals with disabilities, including: employment support, classes and training in areas of personal development, community awareness, service opportunities, recreation, social skills training, sports and much more.
The name change also allowed us to Keep RAH as our nickname. Which is also important to the people that we provide services for. It is a symbol of the enthusiasm they have for life and learning and growing.
Today RAH serves individuals with disabilities who are age 4 and older. When you add up the all the programs that we offer during the course of one month we have a combined enrollment of over 1100.