Irv Segal, the late founder and director of The Guided Tour, Inc. was a pioneer in the development of social and recreation programs for special populations. From 1965 to 1975, he was the executive director of one of the nation’s first social and recreation programs for adults with developmental challenges. In 1998 the mayor of Philadelphia, Ed Rendell, declared June 5th “Irv Segal Day” in the City of Brotherly Love. In 1999 Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County Office for Mental Health/Mental Retardation presented Irv with the prestigious Betty Linker Award in recognition for his lifetime achievement serving persons with developmental challenges. During his life Irv also spoke throughout the world about developmental challenges, and was active in many local and national professional organizations.