The story of TILL – Toward Independent Living and Learning – begins in 1980 at the height of deinstitutionalization in Massachusetts. The goal of TILL then and now is for every person to feel that they have a place and a value because of their ability rather than their disability. Because of TILL’s efforts and those of human services agencies like it, life for people with disabilities (PWDs) has dramatically changed over the last few decades. Rather than being defined by their limitations, PWDs at places like TILL are recognized for what they can do and challenged to meet new goals every day. TILL seeks to teach people the value of every person so that those who are differently-abled can be recognized as part of the fabric of the greater community.