Volunteers create choice and possibility for ADEC clients as Community Connectors

Volunteers are an important part of the lives of the individuals we serve at ADEC; they help create a community connection in a meaningful way by spending time with the individuals we serve. At ADEC, our volunteers do more than just [...]

2019-04-29T16:00:28-04:00April 29th, 2019|A Life of Their Own, Community|0 Comments

Join ADEC for a live stream of the May 1 DDRS Stakeholder Quarterly Meeting

For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, the decisions made by state and federal agencies can have a major impact on their daily lives. Simple line items in the state budget can determine how many hours of [...]

2019-04-25T13:17:26-04:00April 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We’re not nickel-and-diming you: ADEC’s wage initative adds up

It's not just flowers that have been growing this month at ADEC -- it's salaries, too. All eligible employees received a $0.15 raise in their April paychecks, the second bump in pay since the beginning of 2019. It's part of [...]

2019-04-19T12:28:45-04:00April 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

ADEC’s (Walk, Run or) Ride-A-Bike returns on May 18 for 47th year

At ADEC, we are all about choice and possibility. We believe that the 1,000+ individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities we serve each year deserve the freedom to make their own choices and explore their life's possibilities. We apply that [...]

2019-04-10T15:25:55-04:00April 10th, 2019|Ride-A-Bike, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ride-A-Bike changes lives. Let Stephanie Lewis show you how.

When Stephanie Lewis was born, a doctor told her parents that she would never accomplish anything and she would never be able to walk. Boy, did she prove them wrong. Not only can Stephanie now walk, she can ride a bike. [...]

2019-03-28T12:40:52-04:00March 28th, 2019|Community, Ride-A-Bike|0 Comments

Ride-A-Bike 2019: Shively family raises money for ADEC day program they have come to love

The summer after Alex Shively turned 5 years old, his parents set a goal for him: Alex would learn to ride a bike. Because Alex was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Sotos syndrome, which is characterized by excessive [...]

2019-03-28T12:17:07-04:00March 28th, 2019|Community, Ride-A-Bike|0 Comments

ADEC’s “March to Vote” pushes to teach, register individuals

This is a blog by David Polaski   Flip through one of ADEC’s new “Your Individual Rights” booklets and toward the end, you’ll find a seldom talked-about right. “You have the right to learn how to register to vote and vote.” [...]

2019-03-28T09:35:14-04:00March 28th, 2019|A Life of Their Own, Community, News|0 Comments

ADEC creates self-advocacy booklet on individual rights

Few people think about a living will when they think about their basic rights, but Joe Lehman does. Joe is an individual ADEC serves at one of its 21 locations in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties. When Tobi Weirich, the director [...]

2019-03-27T15:58:09-04:00March 25th, 2019|A Life of Their Own, Dignity|0 Comments