History

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New Perceptions was founded by a group of concerned parents in 1952 who wanted services for their special needs children that were scarce in the community. The organization began as Riverside School in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church in Covington. A similar school, Good Counsel, opened soon after in two locations: Corpus Christi Church in Newport and St. Aloysius School in Covington. Both schools grew to be successful and wanted to better serve their clients, so in 1966, the two schools merged as Riverside-Good Counsel. Two decades later, the organization’s name was changed to better reflect its growth, expanded services, and mission: New Perceptions. Thanks to parents who wanted the best for their children, individuals in Northern Kentucky with special needs were given opportunities for education, growth, and employment that continue to this day.

Historical highlights include:

1952 – Riverside School opens at First Presbyterian Church in Covington

1955 – Good Counsel School opens in Corpus Christi Church in Newport and St. Aloysius School in Covington

1961 – Good Counsel Schools combine and move to Mother of God School in Covington

1966 – Riverside and Good Counsel merge to form Riverside-Good Counsel

1969 – Kenton Adult Work Activity Center opens at Riverside-Good Counsel

1970 – Riverside-Good Counsel dedicates the new building in Ft. Wright, offering classes kindergarten through high school

1973 – Home-based developmental services begin for school-age children and young adults

1974 – Campbell Adult Work Activity Center opens at Ft. Thomas Armory

1974-76School-age children transition into public school programs

1978 – Home-based services expand to include infants and toddlers with developmental delays

1985 – Riverside-Good Counsel changes its name to New Perceptions, Inc. and the Supported Employment program begins

1990 – New Perceptions moves to present building in Edgewood, bringing all services together in one location

1997 – Adult Life Skills program begins

1999 – Sensory Integration program for children begins; “Project Employ” begins in collaboration with St. Elizabeth Medical Center

2002 – New Perceptions celebrates 50 years of services

2004 – Bridging the Gap program beings

2007 – First “Our Children Achieve” luncheon held to share the stories of our participants with the community

2010 – New logo unveiled; Adult Day Activity and Rising Star Studios programs begin

2015 – The Learning Center program begins, combining Adult Day, Adult Life Skills, and Art Abilities into one program, offering classroom-style education to adult participants