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1913 W. Townline Rd. Peoria, IL 61615


September / October 2020

A message from our CEO

During the summer of 1949, a speech clinic was conducted at Bradley University for children who were diagnosed with mental retardation (now referred to as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities).

Clinic not only helped the children, but it also afforded the parents an opportunity to meet and get acquainted with one another, and to share common concerns. This resulted in a meeting of parents and interested community leaders. In August 1950, a class of ten children began meeting at Neighborhood House with Eleanor Norton as their teacher.

Thankfully for the greater Peoria area, the Peoria Association for Retarded Children or PARC (now EP!C) was born. This next year EP!C will continue to review the importance and value of the work we do, from our innovative beginnings to today. It’s important to understand our history and as we continue to provide valuable educational opportunities, residential choices for community living, employment training and job placement, along with support and guidance to parents and guardians.



EP!C 70th Birthday Bash

While we had to cancel our event in person, we will be sharing our historic journey virtually through our website and our social media platforms. Be on the lookout for an event happening next September.



Fall Classes

September 14th

Classes held virtually.

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Peoria Wingfest

Postponed to June 6, 2021

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EP!C  Throwback

If you follow us on our social media platforms you know we have been sharing a Throwback post every Thursday. After 70 years we have lots of stories to tell.

Did you know in 1971 we started Illinois’ first official ages birth to three program for children with disabilities? We were one of ten federally-funded pilot projects in the United States. #70YearsofEPIC

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Open for Business

Our pop-up store is open once again at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. The front half is retail space where you can purchase EP!Casso art and the back half is a studio where we have been able to bring individuals to participate 2 at a time.

On Wednesdays from 2-6 pm our Harvest program brings over fresh produce and seasonal flowers.


Hours vary but if the door is unlocked, come shop with us.




Fall Mums


ONLY $16

Variety of Colors, 2 Gallon


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