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Wood River High School graduate Nathan Lago, 24, has dreams of moving out of the house now that his two siblings are off to college. His mother, Tifny Lago, is working with a nonprofit organization hoping to build a residential care facility for the intellectually disabled.

A group of local parents of intellectually disabled children celebrated Monday after passing a hurdle in their effort to provide a living situation for their children as they enter adulthood or leave home.

“Every step closer we get, this gets more exciting,” said Marie Cochran, a founding board member of 43 North Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to build a new home for the intellectually disabled.

The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request Monday to change city code to expand the definition of a residential care facility to include the words “individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities” and “group home.”

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