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On Wednesday, March 20, more than 400 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, advocates, and family members descended on the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison to meet with legislators and discuss issues that impact their daily lives. Among the crowd was a contingent of more than 20 people from Bethesda Lutheran Communities including 10 individuals with developmental disabilities.

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After eight years of home ownership Ken Larson, Dick Servatius and John Zidlicky are living lives that amaze their families, inspire friends and energize Bethesda Lutheran Communities’ staff.

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For the past nine years, Joey Herk, who receives supports and services from Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Fort Collins, Colo., has been employed at Albertsons grocery store.

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For Robert Bertrand, Friday night is his most anticipated time of the week. Carrying guitar cases, Bertrand and Matt Boney, a Bethesda Lutheran Communities direct support professional (DSP), make the short ride to Influence Music Hall in Hillsboro, Ore., a gathering spot for musicians performing original music.

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No one could have imagined that nearly sixty years later Nachtwey’s path would lead her to a crowded Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece as a competitor on the world’s greatest stage.

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Nachtwey is one of eight athletes from Illinois who competed in Athens. The selection surprised Nachtwey.

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