The Austin State Supported Living Center, which helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, kicked off its second century of operations with a celebration of its past and future.
Opened in 1917 in central Austin, the Austin SSLC provides 24-hour residential services, comprehensive behavioral treatment services and health care services. It also offers residents skills training, occupational, physical and speech therapies, vocational programs, and services to maintain connections between residents and their families and support systems.
“Over the past 100 years, the Austin State Supported Living Center has truly become a community,” HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith said at the June 3 ceremony marking the center’s centennial. “For ten decades, tremendous people on our SSLC team have dedicated themselves to making sure our residents are cared for and receive access to the best programs and services possible. When we can all come together, we realize how fortunate we are to be able to help our residents succeed not only as individuals, but also as part of a strong community.”
Austin Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed the day Austin State Supported Living Center Day and officials dedicated a new welcome center.
The Tocker Foundation Historical Center, which serves as a meeting space and a place for people to learn about the center's history includes exhibits featuring equipment and articles from the past and present. The Centennial Celebration’s theme was “Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future.”
More than 400 people attended the Centennial Celebration, which featured live bands, food trucks and a resident VIP tent.
“The Austin community is an open and warm community that embraces people of all types and with all types of disabilities,” DADS Commissioner John Weizenbaum said. “The fact that our facility has been here and part of this community for 100 years speaks to the openness of the community and the openness of the people who work here and live here.”