Everyone has the right to be treated with respect, to participate in community life, to develop and exercise personal competence, to have family and friends, and to make decisions in their lives. Milestone, Inc. exists to ensure that persons with developmental disabilities can exercise these same rights.
Milestone is a private, not-for-profit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are area business leaders and parents of our community’s people with disabilities. This organization has grown to become Winnebago and Boone Counties’ largest provider of residential, developmental, vocational, and social support services for adults and children with mental retardation, autism, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy. Milestone began its commitment in 1971 when a group of concerned parents of adults with developmental disabilities met with area professionals to discuss the lack of living centers for people with disabilities. At this time, the only available choice was an institutional environment far from home and family, and without the love and caring necessary to help people reach their full potential. As their discussions progressed, the problem of finding compassionate residential placement for their children became more acute.