MacDonald Training Center's mission is "to empower people with disabilities to lead the lives they choose".
The Center was founded in 1955 by J. Clifford MacDonald and a group of visionary parents of individuals with developmental disabilities. At a time when the only alternative to being sent to a state institution was to sit at home and do nothing, these individuals rejected both options and proceeded to create innovative educational, vocational and residential alternatives.
MacDonald Training Center has continued to be a leader and innovator in service to people with developmental disabilities. We were one of the first organizations to develop supported employment and supported living services as alternatives to sheltered workshops and traditional group homes. We are dedicated to continuously improving the quality of the services we have been providing to people with developmental disabilities in the Tampa Bay area for over 50 years.