Our mission: The Frazer Center is an inclusive community where people at all levels of ability and disability gather, learn and flourish together.
The life of a young couple is often the stuff of dreams: the places they may live, the journeys they may take, the children they may have. In 1948, this was the story for one of our founding families, the Lanes.
Their lives took an unexpected turn, however, when their daughter was born with cerebral palsy. Together with their dear friends the Frazers, the Lanes searched for a program for their daughter. Feeling frustrated and saddened by what they saw, they created the Cerebral Palsy School for six children at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in 1949. Two years later, the Frazers and Lanes were able to acquire the former estate of Cator Woolford (founder of the Retail Credit Company, now Equifax), thirty-nine acres located in the heart of Druid Hills. Renamed REACH in 1989 and The Frazer Center in 1999, our historic mission to offer research-based education, vocational support, and therapeutic intervention to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families is still the heart of our work today.
Frazer Center Timeline
- 1949 – First class opens in basement of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church with seven students.
- 1952 – Purchased Jaqueland, former estate of Cator Woolford. Relocated to Woolford mansion.
- 1961 – Opened Lane Building
- 1975 – Federal government mandates that all children go to public schools. Cerebral Palsy Center shifts its focus to serve children under five and adults over 17.
- 1989 – New Adult Building dedicated. Name changed to REACH.
- 1994 – REACH enrolls first typically developing children.
- 1998 – Cator Woolford Gardens dedicated.
- 1999 – Name changed to The Frazer Center.
- 2002 – First annual Spring Golf Classic at East Lake Golf Club.
- 2006 – The Frazer Center offers its first lottery funded Pre-Kindergarten classroom.
- 2008 – The Frazer Center adds second lottery-funded Pre-K classroom.
- 2009 – The Frazer Center celebrates 60 years of service to children and adults with disabilities.