ADEC serves people of all ages who experience developmental disabilities and delays, as well as other specials needs such as visual and physical impairments. From infants to senior citizens, ADEC can provide direct services; information or referrals to help individuals and families meet the challenges of living with disabilities.
Family members or persons with disabilities may need some assistance in understanding how to get connected with the right state agency and to get the help they need. ADEC can connect you with the appropriate agency to help you.
In 1952, a small group of loving parents united to form a group dedicated to enhancing the lives of their disabled sons and daughters. They were determined to give their children every opportunity to fully experience all that life had to offer.
Community leaders with vision, special determination and unwavering commitment have also played a major role in establishing the not-for-profit organization that is now known as ADEC.
Both groups have helped establish a legacy of love, care and concern through ADEC’s mission, which is based on the belief that all people are worthwhile. Today that legacy continues with a dedicated community based Board of Directors and Executive Staff who remain committed to keeping ADEC a vital and ever-present community resource.
ADEC proudly advocates for and serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities so they live lives full of choice and possibility.
A Life of their Own: ADEC clients deserve a chance to…
- Make their own choices
- Pursue their passions
- Learn new skills
- Develop healthy personal relationships
- Make a positive contribution
Dignity: ADEC clients are entitled to…
- Respect and professionalism as their daily needs are met
- Protection from exploitation and abuse
Employment: ADEC clients 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
With the helping hands of our friends and neighbors we expect great opportunities for all. We expect people with disabilities to become full participants in our communities. Their jobs will be in your work places. Their homes will be where you live. Their hobbies will be your hobbies. They will play and compete on your neighborhood parks, fields and courts. They will volunteer their time to agencies serving our communities.