ADEC recognizes March as Developmental Disability Awareness Month. The nonprofit organization is raising awareness the entire month through their “I Can” campaign about the need for inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), highlighting the barriers that they face and continually overcome.
ADEC emerged from a group of parents in 1952 who wanted more for their children with disabilities. In a society where it was normal for people with I/DD to be institutionalized, these parents dreamed that their children could be educated, included, and contributors to society. Sixty-nine years later, ADEC continues to serve families like its founders who believe every individual can work to achieve their dreams and find fulfillment.
ADEC values what is important to its clients and neighbors living with disabilities. They provide services and resources that enable clients to work toward their personal goals. They believe a disability does not diminish the right of an individual to live independently, work to earn a living, pursue friendships and relationships, and contribute to their community.
“Every day at ADEC, we get to witness our clients reach—if not surpass – long-awaited milestones,” said President/CEO Donna Belusar, PhD. “Celebrating their ability to accomplish their dreams is a tradition here in ADEC programming. This month allows the community to join us in this celebration.”
ADEC received proclamations from the Elkhart County Commissioners and the City of Elkhart encouraging residents to “play a central role in enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.” ADEC applauds County Commissioners Suzanne Weirick, Frank Lucchese, Bradley Rogers, and Mayor Roberson’s continued efforts toward inclusion — recognizing the abilities and accomplishments of persons with disabilities.
ADEC invites the community to participate in the celebration of lives full of informed choice and possibility by visiting their website or their social media accounts — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.