Assure the Future supports a wide variety of projects and events at the Riddle Center.  Every gift makes a difference!

Assure the Future

The J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center is a community of adults diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), complex behavioral challenges and/or medical conditions whose clinical treatment needs exceed the care available in the greater community. 

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Community Assessment of Childhood Poverty

The Burke County Community Assessment is a two-year project to assess the resources that serve children living in poverty in Burke County. FIPP is facilitating the project, which is supported by the Community Foundation of Burke County and is a collaborative effort among Burke County agencies and families to identify barriers and challenges to accessing and receiving services for children living in low-income households.. 

JIRDC Going Live!
The Rostan Family Foundation awarded a grant of $11,750 to start an on-campus TV station at JIRDC.  The TV station will broadcast to televisions throughout the homes on campus for the morning news, weather, campus happenings and programs, and live entertainment.  This program will be led by residents of JIRDC and give them a chance to connect with each other and learn new skills.

Animal Assisted Therapy Welcomes New Friends

The ATF Board of Directors provided funding for two new four-legged residents in the barn!  Miniature horses, Ozzy and Ella, joined our equine family to provide cart rides for JIRDC residents.  Ozzy is a 4-year-old gelding with carousel experience and Ella is a 12-year-old mare with horse cart training.  Both of them are learning new skills to be able to safely provide residents with cart rides.


FIPP Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence

Dr. Riddle created the Family, Infant, and Preschool Program (FIPP) at JIRDC in 1972 to serve families of young children with disabilities, becoming the first state-funded early intervention program in the United States. Over the past five decades, FIPP has earned an international reputation for research and training on how to support families of infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children with disabilities and developmental delays.  FIPP also provides services to families in Burke, Alexander, Caldwell, Catawba, and McDowell counties. Visit for more information.

Rod Willcox

Waits Gordon 

Haven Worley


Lynn Brown

Kathy Johnson

Steve Purcell

​Jan Richardson

Marsha Riddle

Board of Directors

Assure the Future's mission is to provide enrichment activities not provided by the state for residents of the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center and to educate the community on ways to be inclusive of young children and adults with disabilities in everyday life.

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