Our staff stands beside families as they decide what their son or daughter with a disability needs to succeed in life. We guide families to the services that will make those dreams happen.
ADEC has been in this business for 65 years. We help families learn the lingo and discover the many state and local agencies and groups that can best serve their child.
At ADEC, there is no such thing as a silly question. When a family needs help, we will always answer the call, respond to the email or sit down face-to-face to discuss the options and many resources available in Northern Indiana. Even if we do not have the answer, we will connect the family with someone who does.
It’s easy to get lost along the path between disability services, educational opportunities and employment options when a child graduates from high school, but ADEC is prepared to help families transition their child to the next step in their life — whatever that may be.
Get in touch
Using the resources and links made available on this site, we can help you connect with the support and information you seek.
If you prefer personal face-to-face assistance, or would simply like to speak with somebody about your questions, please contact Katie Kessler at 574-522-7802 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for families
United Way of Elkhart County: (574) 295-1650 or 211
Loveway: (574) 825-5666
Lifeline: (260) 343-9942
Guidance Ministries: (574) 296-7192
Bashor Home: (574) 875-5117
Oaklawn: (574) 533-1234
4Cs – Childcare: (574) 289-7815, ext. 211
Heart City Health: (574) 293-0052
Maple City Health: (574) 534-3300
Salvation Army: (574) 970-0088 or (574) 533-9584
Faith Mission: (574) 293-3406
Family Christian Development Center: (574) 773-2149
Families First: (574) 522-2590
iFit (Indiana Families in Transition) : (574) 295-6596
CAPS: (574) 522-1998
Sometimes parents and families just need to connect with other parents for support and guidance. Support groups in our area include the following programs and agencies:
Asperger/High Functioning Autism Parent Group: (574) 534-2718
Elkhart County Down Syndrome Support Group: (574) 296-9962
Elkhart County Clubhouse (Mental Health) : (574) 533-8026
Ryan’s Place (Grieving) : (574) 535-1000
CFMC Families Living with Celiac Disease: (574) 825-3366
H.A.V.E.N. (Medically Fragile Children) : (574) 235-8899
If you are simply seeking information about disabilities and services available to individuals with a disability, here are some good resources:
ARC of Indiana: (317) 977-2375
ASK (About Special Kids) : 1-(800)-964-4746
BDDS (Bureau of Developmental Disabilities) : (574) 232-1412
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