About ADEC 2014-02-28T06:54:46+00:00

ADEC proudly advocates for and serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties so they can lead lives full of choice and possibility.

WE BELIEVE IN CHOICE AND POSSIBILITY.

Did you know that the four letters of ADEC’s name stand for our four core values?

  • A life of their own.

  • Dignity.

  • Employment.

  • Community.

“From our earliest days, ADEC has been a place where community, responsibility and hope intersect to create new choices and new possibilities for the people we serve.”

Donna Belusar, CEO, president

A LIFE OF THEIR OWN

The people we serve deserve a chance to:

  • Make their own choices
  • Pursue their passions
  • Learn new skills
  • Develop healthy personal relationships
  • Make a positive contribution

DIGNITY

The people we serve are entitled to:

  • Respect and professionalism as their daily needs are met
  • Protection from exploitation and abuse

EMPLOYMENT

The people we serve deserve the opportunity to:

  • Find dignity and meaning in work
  • Make productive contributions to the community through work
  • Contribute to the well-being of our society by being tax-paying citizens

COMMUNITY

As an active part of the community, ADEC:

  • Connects clients with local opportunities when possible
  • Is a catalyst for new client opportunities if they don’t exist