By The Kentucky Standard Editorial Board

There was a time, not long ago, when the developmentally disabled were stigmatized and often hidden from public view.

Linda Smith, the speaker at the recent fundraiser Bourbon & Bubbles, told a story about trying to bring her son to the U.S. across the Canadian border, only to have immigration officials prevent him from entering because he was an “undesirable alien” because he had Down syndrome.

Smith told her story at the annual fundraiser for The Guthrie Opportunity Center and Nelson County Industries, which touch people’s live every day working with people who are developmentally disabled.

There were about 350 people who attended this year’s event, and about $50,000 was raised toward the operation. The GO Center opened its current facility in 2010, and Nelson County Industries has been in existence for 40 years.

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