One of ADEC’s core values is to give the individuals we serve a life of their own with the right to make their own choices, pursue their passions, learn new skills, develop healthy personal relationships and make a positive contribution to their communities.

‘We gotta get out of here’: Kenny Minor reclaims a life of his own with ADEC

2018-08-12T13:03:00+00:00August 12th, 2018|A Life of Their Own|

When his next-door neighbor was murdered in his own home during a drug deal gone wrong, ADEC client Kenny Minor decided it was time to move. Kenny, who moved with his mother and brother to Elkhart from Kentucky, lived on Garfield [...]

ADEC’s newest program fills the GAP between high school and career for individuals with disabilities

2018-03-29T15:03:53+00:00March 29th, 2018|A Life of Their Own, Employment|

ADEC’s new Growth and Purpose (GAP) program is designed to help bridge the gap between education and employment. The program, which launches in April, is open to any individuals with disabilities interested in joining the workforce.

The ADEC Silver Bullets heat up the court each winter and square off against community teams

2018-03-06T12:35:49+00:00March 6th, 2018|A Life of Their Own, Community, News|

Every Wednesday from October to March, the Silver Bullets — ADEC's official 70-player basketball team — put their skills to the test against community members. The Silver Bullets square off in about 20 games against community-based teams in the gym of [...]

ADEC day services offer daily choices, possibilities for individuals with disabilities

2018-02-13T12:59:57+00:00February 13th, 2018|A Life of Their Own, News|

Megan Hunt had a big decision to make last year. She had turned 22 — a big year for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they "age out" of special education programs at public schools — and it was time [...]

Project SEARCH students reflect on internship experiences at Memorial Hospital of South Bend

2018-02-08T13:46:46+00:00February 8th, 2018|A Life of Their Own, Employment, News|

Only about one-third of working-age people with disabilities are employed, but a partnership between ADEC, South Bend schools and Beacon Health System is working to change that.

Meet ADEC’s new Director of Family Services: Katie Kessler

2018-01-18T16:04:38+00:00January 18th, 2018|Community, Families, News|

Have you ever had a question about ADEC or the services the agency provides? Katie Kessler is ADEC’s new Director of Family Services, and she’s your one-stop-shop for answers. Katie’s role is overseeing the referral process for any new, potential clients, [...]

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch: Hoosiers with disabilities deserve the same opportunities

2017-12-21T14:21:04+00:00December 21st, 2017|A Life of Their Own, Dignity|

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch penned the following editorial about how all Hoosiers, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, deserve the same opportunities. Thank you for supporting agencies like ADEC, Lt. Gov. Crouch! Growing up as a 12-year-old who towered over [...]