Nancy Bounds, ADEC Community Relations Coordinator, writes about news and stories at ADEC that may or may not fit neatly into a category.

Elkhart Leadership Academy builds screened-in porch for ADEC supported living clients

2017-06-27T10:36:01+00:00 June 27th, 2017|A Life of Their Own, Community, News|

Joal Oaks, a longtime ADEC client, loved being outside and enjoying nature. He dreamed of a screened-in porch on the supported living duplex he lived in with several roommates so he could enjoy fresh air even when his staff members were [...]

ADEC offers free training for police officers on how to interact with people with disabilities

2017-06-23T15:20:09+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Community, News|

Sometimes it can feel intimidating to talk with a person who has an intellectual or developmental disability – reactions can be misread and tensions can escalate quickly due to a simple misunderstanding. And for police officers, who are required to read [...]

ADEC’s 45th annual Ride-A-Bike raises $70K for people with disabilities

2017-05-25T16:25:13+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Community|

Even Mother Nature couldn’t rain on ADEC’s parade. Despite rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday, more than 200 people showed up at ADEC’s 45th annual (Walk, Run or) Ride-A-Bike to raise money and awareness for people with intellectual and [...]

ADEC celebrates 65 years of choice and possibility with trip to Indianapolis, community events

2017-03-30T16:15:45+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Community, News, Uncategorized|

On April 7, 1952, a brave group of parents from our community gathered together and decided they wanted something more — something different — for their children with disabilities. At that time, it was the norm to place people with intellectual [...]

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 [...]

Sign up today for ADEC’s 45th Annual (Walk, Run or) Ride-A-Bike

2017-03-03T11:40:23+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Community, News|

Grab your sneakers or your bicycle and join ADEC on Saturday, May 20, at Northridge High School for the 45th running of (Walk, Run or) Ride-A-Bike. Registration is now open for our biggest fundraiser. To sign up, simply visit adecinc.com/bike. You [...]

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 [...]

ADEC Annual Celebration will spotlight clients as we look ahead

2016-10-14T15:32:36+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Community, News|

Get your party hat on and join us as we celebrate ADEC’s 65th birthday! ADEC’s Annual Celebration will take place Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Matterhorn in Elkhart. This year, ADEC is changing up the Annual Dinner because we want to share [...]