Happy 50th anniversary to Melwood, a Maryland nonprofit that literally began its operations in a cast-off Army tent. It grew to become a leader in the advancement of people with disabilities. A few years ago, the team at CorporateHistory.net had the pleasure of co-authoring and publishing a book with president emeritus Earl Copus, a/k/a "Mr. Melwood," about that historical journey. Today we send best wishes to this wonderful group, and its recently appointed CEO Cari DeSantis, as Melwood celebrates its first half-century with a gala and a renewed commitment to its vital mission.
When you recall that special education didn't even exist until 1975 -- the year that our country passed the landmark Public Law 94-142, which mandates all public schools to provide a free and appropriate education for children with disabilities -- then you realize that we've come a long way since those dark ages. Organizations like Melwood have helped to lead the way.