The ACT Blog Archive

Mark’s Opening Remarks – January ’13

July 30, 2014

Dear Friends of ACT, Acknowledged, appreciated, and accepted–three words that mean a lot to everyone. I was in elementary school many years ago. But I remember some things like they were yesterday. Do you remember raising your hand (along with … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks – May ’13

Dear Friends of ACT, I rarely have an original thought. Really, most of what I write or talk about is the result of something I’ve heard, seen, or learned someplace. And so it is with this month’s letter. The other … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks – June ’13

Dear Friends of ACT, In our newsletter from October 2012, I introduced the STEP program. STEP, or Seamless Transition through Enhanced Partnership, is a collaborative effort that includes Boone Hospital Center, Columbia Public Schools, ACT, Boone County Family Resources, and … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks – July ’13

Dear Friends of ACT, Celebrate successes. In addition to the Vision and Mission Statements, ACT has developed some Value Statements for our organization. These have been reviewed and updated through the years, and I share them with all new employees. … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks – August ’13

Dear Friends of ACT, Patience? Baloney! The other day in block training for new employees at ACT I recalled that years ago people routinely expressed to me how much patience I must have in this line of work. Progress, it … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks – September ’13

Dear Friends of ACT, The week of September 8th – 14th has been declared National Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week by ANCOR, a professional association of which ACT is a member. The United States Senate also joined in this … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks – November 2013

Dear Friends of ACT, I want to bring your attention to a new addition to our web site and newsletter. Thanks to Tara Shade, we’ll be offering a tip each month that we believe will help the people we serve, … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks – December 2013

Dear Friends of ACT, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” That saying is commonly attributed to one of the most well-known management gurus of our time, W. Edwards Deming. His almost cult-like following in the U.S. at one time … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks – April ’14

July 29, 2014

Dear Friends of ACT, My friend and colleague Al Condeluci spoke in Columbia a few days ago on “Understanding Community and Social Capital”. As always (I’ve known Al more than twenty years), his message was passionate and energetic. Much of … Continue reading

Mark’s Opening Remarks – August ’14

The Columbia Daily Tribune just published an article reporting that Nordstrom, the successful Seattle-based retailer, has featured professional models with disabilities in its ads and catalogs since 1997. (You can read it here:  http://www.columbiatribune.com/arts_life/pulse/nordstrom-ads-feature-models-with-disabilities/article_0e5fd413-e0e8-5d60-99a4-5392f62cd80e.html ) Meg O’Connell calls Nordstrom “a … Continue reading

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