The Marshall County Association for Exceptional Children & Adults, Inc., was established as a non-profit organization in 1963 by a group of concerned parents who wanted to provide a class and eventually a school for their children with disabilities. Due to the public education system’s policy that individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities did not qualify for services, this group of parents wanted to better the lives of their children and others with ID/DD.
The Marshall County School for Exceptional Children & Adults opened its door in one room of the Benton Church of Christ for twelve children and one teacher in the fall of 1963. By 1967, we increased to 16 children, 2 instructors, and one aide and had to move into the vacant First Christian Church on Olive Street in Benton, KY. In 1976, the old Briensburg school building was leased and the dream of that small group of parents became a reality.
Our program name was changed in April of 1992 to the Marshall County Exceptional Center, because at that time children with ID/DD were recognized by the public education system and services were then available, we chose to continue our services for individuals graduating from the public school system.
In April of 1998, through a Community Development Block Grant and the generous support of the community, we moved into our 17,000 square foot facility located at 198 Old Symsonia Road in Benton, KY. The community must share the credit, without their compassion and continued support we could not offer the services which our individuals rely upon.