Agency History

In 1952 U.S. Congressman John E. Fogarty incorporated what is now known as the Fogarty Center.     Originally established as a day services alternative for adults with developmental disabilities, the Fogarty Center has evolved into one of the largest non-profit agencies in Rhode Island.  

Now in its 70th year of operation, the Fogarty Center has grown in scope and size to meet the evolving needs of people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities.  Providing a variety of services throughout the State of Rhode Island to more than 1400 hundred children, adults, and families, the Fogarty Center is proud to carry on the legacy set forth by the countless individuals who advocated for people with disabilities.