The ACT Blog Archive

Mark’s Opening Remarks September 2016

September 1, 2016

Dear Friends of ACT: My eyes were opened last week to an issue I’d never considered before: the potential harms of guardianship. Here’s what I didn’t know: Guardianship is almost always plenary or total (But it doesn’t need to be.) … Continue reading

September 11-17 2016, Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week

August 31, 2016

The week of September 11-17, 2016, has been declared National Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week to recognize the work of community providers who provide supports to our friends, family and neighbors with intellectual, developmental, physical, and other disabilities. Much of … Continue reading

Dawn’s New Home in ISL Keeps Her Close to Mom

Within the first week of moving in to town, Dawn visited her mom in Moberly for the first time in three years! “This was huge for Dawn. She was very excited to have that opportunity,” Community Living (CL) Supervisor Hannah … Continue reading

Mariah is Growing Professionally in her Position at Children’s Place

In April, a former ACT Career Services (ACS) Career Specialist approached Children’s Place in the Columbia Mall about diversifying their workforce. Mariah was hired at the children’s clothing store the next month. She’s doing a great job. Since then, a … Continue reading

APSE-MO Holds its Annual Summit Here in Columbia

August 1, 2016

Missouri State Chapter of Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE-MO) held its annual Employment Summit: Advancing Employment, Expanding Our Skills the last week of July. “It was great!” Director of ACT Career Services (ACS) Jessica Mahon exclaimed. “Abilities for Business, … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks August 2016

July 31, 2016

Dear Friends of ACT, What does it take to make change? Really. How do you implement change at a place like ACT? We’re all too familiar with the why of change. A new law gets passed. A court ruling is … Continue reading

Tip from Tara August 2016: Kylee’s Poem

July 27, 2016

When I sat down to write my tip this month I could not get my amazing niece Kylee out of my head. We had been sending messages back and forth all morning. I recently sent her an article written by … Continue reading

ACT’s Day Program is Taking Summer by Storm

Things are heating up in ACT’s Day Program. And it’s not the temperature. Activities Supervisor, Kristin Cummins, has the schedule buzzing with fun-filled activities. “There were a lot of requests in our monthly meetings to do all-day trips. We wanted … Continue reading

Community Support for Family Affected by Childhood Cancer

Two months ago Karla Bevell received heartbreaking news. Her son Jayden, 5, has inoperable brain cancer, an optic pathway brain tumor located in the optic chiasm. Jayden, who has participated in ACT’s Behavior Development Services, has been traveling to Cardinal … Continue reading

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week September 11-17, 2016

              DSP Week Reception-2

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