Fifty Remarkable Years

One of my favorite Christmas movies is Frank Capra's classic "It's a Wonderful Life". The movie's despondent main character, George Bailey, is afforded an unique opportunity to see what the world would be like if he'd never existed. His contributions to his world were profound, but not immediately evident, because of the subtle nature of the actions he'd taken over time. 

Recently, the world recognized the 50th anniversary of mankind's first steps on the moon. A remarkable event that is easy to acknowledge for its impact on history. However, despite the spectacle, did it really change the world for the better? 

I prefer the George Bailey approach to making our world better. That's what InterHab represents to me as I think back on our first 50 years. I know that the IDD system in Kansas would be profoundly different had it not been for the work of InterHab's members in pushing for a future defined by independence, inclusion, integration and productivity. 

Our collective work under the banner of InterHab has made our world a profoundly better place for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our members' dedication can best be summed up by the George Bernard Shaw quote that, "You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream of things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
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