Hills and Dales Celebrates 40 Years of Caring for Others

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By Katie Stinson

DUBUQUE, Iowa - One Dubuque agency aimed at serving people who have disabilities is celebrated its 40th anniversary during the week of Our Town.

Hills and Dales clients spend time working on motor skills and taking part in social interaction. Back in 1973 Elaine Barwick first opened Hills and Dales after her young son was diagnosed with severe disabilities.

Barwick said there was no place in Dubuque that offered this type of service and today Hills and Dales serves more than a thousand people each year.

"All people have a desire to have meaning and value in their life and it's no difference for a person with a disability. They enjoy the same opportunities that you and I do," Hills and Dales official Marilyn Athoff said.

Hills and Dales also has a childcare center. Typically functioning children and little ones who have disabilities learn and play together in the same classrooms.

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