Our History

John and Linda Cone, Tony and Jo Knott, parents of two children with intellectual and developmental disabilities were concerned about a quality life for their children in the community. The concerns were education, social interaction, independence and long term care as they became adults. They also realized they could help themselves and ultimately others by being a unified voice pulling together to search out or create these opportunities. They reached out to other parents with children with disabilities and BASCA was born.

Officers were elected, BASCA was incorporated and became a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization on May 25, 1995. Since that time BASCA Inc. has grown into a multifaceted organization whose mission is to provide better living, working, educational, social and recreational opportunities for children and adults with special needs.

BASCA MILESTONES

2017

  • Beth Hughes named CEO of BASCA.
  • L.I.F.E. residential home at Old Jennings Road opened
  • Friends of BASCA held their 12th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at Eagle Harbor Golf Club.

2016

  • Relocated services and headquarters staff to new BASCA Campus on Stowe Ave
  • John Cone, BASCA Founder, retires after 20+ years of service
  • Volunteer Program expanded
  • Beth Clark, named as Interim CEO
  • Work began on a new L.I.F.E. residential home
  • Friends of BASCA held their 11th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
  • BASCA held the 4th Annual Chomp 'N Stomp 5 k/1 Mile Run, Walk & Roll at our New Campus on the corner of Stowe Avenue and Smith Street.
  • A new DOT Certified Transportation Vehicle was purchased
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  • The BASCA Bargain Boutique opened
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2015

  • BASCA received a grant to purchase land to build our fifth L.I.F.E. residential home.
  • BASCA began a Capital Campaign to raise funds for our new Center on Stowe Avenue in Orange Park.
  • Friends of BASCA held their 10th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
  • BASCA held the 3rd  Annual Chomp 'N Stomp 5 k/1 Mile Run, Walk & Roll at our New Campus on the corner of Stowe Avenue and Smith Street.
  • Local artist, Sophie Dentiste, paints two murals for BASCA. "The Giving Tree" and the "Wall of Color."
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2014

  • BASCA purchased 4 buildings on Stowe Avenue and Smith Street in Orange Park, FL to consolidate our Administrative offices, three locations for Custom Creations 1, 2 and 3 training and manufacturing programs, and Life Skills 3 training program at Island View Baptist Church into our new 24,000 square foot Center.
  • BASCA formed our first Ladies Auxiliary and elected Linda Lights, President.
  • BASCA received a grant to add 1,800 square feet to Peoria L.I.F.E residential home and will increase the number of residents to 6 ladies increasing staff to 4. .
  • Friends of BASCA held the 9th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
  • BASCA held 2nd Annual Chomp 'N Stomp 5 K/I Mile Run, Walk & Roll at Oak Leaf Town Center
  • BASCA received a grant to add 1,568 square feet to Pine Forest. Behavior Focus home to increase the number of residents from 4 to 6 young men.
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2013

  • The first Director of Development was hired.
  • BASCA 1st Annual 5K run held at Any Time Fitness located on Argyle Boulevard.
  • Friends of BASCA held the 8th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
  • BASCA received a grant from FDOT and purchased a 9 passenger increasing fleet to 11.
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2012

  • BASCA‘s Custom Creations 2 expanded and added Custom Creations 3 at the Industrial Loop location.
  • BASCA activity night, Good Time Tuesday’s, outgrew the space at headquarters and moved to Island View Baptist’s Fellowship hall.
  • Friends of BASCA held the 7th Annual Subaru BASCA Golf Classic at the Golf Club Fleming Island.
  • BASCA received a grant from FDOT and purchased a 9 passenger van increasing fleet to 10.
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