Guest bloggers write about the challenges and joys they face as parents, siblings, grandparents or other family relations to children and adults living with the challenges of disabilities.

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

2018-01-18T16:04:38+00:00 January 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, [...]

ADEC’s ‘Wings for All’ takes the scare out of the air for children with disabilities

2017-03-28T10:11:56+00:00 March 28th, 2017|A Life of Their Own, Community, Families, News|

From long security lines to strange machines that bounce electromagnetic waves off your body, air travel can be a chaotic and confusing experience. The process of clearing security and boarding a flight can cause anxiety for any family. But for families [...]

ADEC’s Resource + Transition Fair set for March 11 at Goshen College

2017-02-17T11:32:04+00:00 February 17th, 2017|A Life of Their Own, Community, Families, News|

Receiving and living with a disability diagnosis can be overwhelming. Families are asked to learn a new language and navigate a complex system of forms, government agencies and local resources. But ADEC can help. Not only does the nonprofit offer free [...]

You’re invited: ADEC presents free screening of award-winning documentary ‘Life, Animated’ on January 10

2016-12-16T13:27:40+00:00 December 16th, 2016|A Life of Their Own, Community, Families|

Owen Suskind was a thriving, typically developing 3-year-old boy — until suddenly he wasn’t. “He loses speech, he loses motor function, he can’t meet your gaze. He just kind of vanished,” Owen’s father, Ron Suskind said. “It was like we were [...]

‘Please don’t feel sorry for me’: ECHS fall play includes story of Jonny Riblet, student with cerebral palsy

2016-11-10T14:10:29+00:00 November 10th, 2016|A Life of Their Own, Families|

When kids pass by Jonny Riblet in the hallway at school or in the aisle at the grocery store, his mom can see the curiosity in their eyes. They want to know why Jonny is in a wheelchair, why he doesn't [...]

Eight-Year Search Leads to Mother-Son Reunion at ADEC

2016-08-05T10:22:47+00:00 August 5th, 2016|A Life of Their Own, Families|

When you google “Dianne Hampshire,” the first entry that pops up is a profile from the Works of Arc website featuring Dianne’s picture and describing her ceramic work at ADEC’s Day Service at Goshen. For most people, this would be just [...]

ADEC Flies Past Ride-A-Bike Fundraising Goal

2016-05-27T14:18:16+00:00 May 27th, 2016|A Life of Their Own, Community, Families, News|

People with disabilities mounted their bicycles alongside the community members who support them on Saturday morning, kicking off the 44th annual Ride-A-Bike for ADEC together. This year's ride has already raised more than $50,000, a 36 percent increase over 2015 totals — and [...]

Parents Approach Waiver Changes with Fear, Trepidation

2015-09-21T16:33:47+00:00 September 21st, 2015|A Life of Their Own, Families, News|

When the family of someone with a disability hears rumors of change to their Community Integration Habilitation (CIH) waiver services, the first response is fear.  This daunting fear and confusion drove an emotional CIH Transform Town Hall Meeting in South Bend [...]

Parents find answers at Transition Resource Fair

2015-09-18T17:01:27+00:00 September 18th, 2015|A Life of Their Own, Families, News|

Parents took advantage of a rare opportunity to meet with disability service providers from state, federal and local agencies all gathered in one place Saturday, Sept. 12, for a Transition Resource Fair at Indiana University South Bend. “It’s amazingly resourceful for [...]