History, Vision, & Mission
Our mission is to support people with disabilities and their families while encouraging a community that acknowledges the value and contribution of all people.
Rauch is proud of its grassroots heritage in southern Indiana. Founded in 1953 by a dedicated group of parents led by Mrs. Leona Receveur, programming began in a church basement with a volunteer teacher.
Rauch was the first school for children with developmental disabilities in the state of Indiana and the first entity in Southern Indiana to be funded by the WHAS Crusade for Children. Rabbi Joseph Rauch, an original Crusade panelist, was instrumental in helping Rauch obtain funding in 1958 for its Charlestown Road site.
Today, Rauch directly serves over 1,000 children, adults, and families from five sites. Service counties in Indiana include Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Washington, Jefferson, and Jackson; counties in Kentucky include Jefferson and Oldham County (Kentucky is only served by Interpreting Services).
Rauch meets the Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability, and is proud to be affiliated with the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF), Metro United Way and the WHAS Crusade for Children, and to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
845 Park Place
New Albany, IN 47150
Monday-Friday 8am - 4:30pm
To support people with disabilities and their families while encouraging a community that acknowledges the value and contribution of all people.
Rauch's Vision Statement
Imagine a community where everyone belongs...
- where each feels a part of a community, a workplace, a neighborhood, a school
- where each enjoys a sense of contribution, value, self worth
- where each truly believes one is a natural and equal part of the whole
- where each feels comfortable, safe, cared for, welcome
- The worth and dignity of each person throughout their life span
- The need for and preservation of each person’s self esteem and self respect
- Each person’s individual ability and capacity to learn, grow, and contribute
- Information and options provided to persons so that they can make individual choices
- The active involvement of persons in choosing and structuring their individual services
- Services that create and support effective opportunities for people to gain skills, which enhance their quality of life
- Early intervention services which recognize support, and encourage families, and meet the special needs of young children
- Community connections and participation
- Sensitivity to the cultural diversity of each individual