Every other year, the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) holds a conference for the human services field complete with presentations, breakout sessions, and exhibits and culminating in an awards ceremony recognizing top support providers. The 2022 conference, themed “Lightbulb Moments,” took place in Las Vegas, NV at the Green Valley Ranch Resort from October 11th-14th.
Mariette McBride, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Integrated Solutions, and Dahlian Porter, Senior Vice President of Program Services, offered their expertise in employee engagement in partnership with MediSked on the second day of the conference. They spoke to participants both in-person in Nevada and online about using data to analyze staff turnover and employment trends.
On October 13th, conference attendees gathered to watch the CQL 2022 Awards of Excellence Ceremony and ADAPT Community Network was honored and accepted one of the six awards. According to CQL’s website, awards are gifted to “recognize individuals, organizations, and/or systems that exemplify the very best in human services for people with disabilities.” This year, CQL chose to honor ADAPT for our virtual programs and services introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the onset of the pandemic, ADAPT Community Network has maintained a network of virtual adult learning programs for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities who may not be able to attend in-person Adult Learning programs. Some of our daily virtual programs include the Wake Up ADAPT! morning show, financial skills, safety, disability rights, and cultural enrichment, and were created in collaboration with the people we support. We also provided devices so people supported who could not obtain the technology themselves could access the virtual programs.
The president and CEO of CQL, Mary Kay Rizzolo, stated that “while the pandemic has been a trying time for everyone, it has hit people with disabilities who receive services especially hard. The fact that ADAPT dedicated significant staffing and resources to developing virtual services speaks volumes about what their organization stands for.”
Daniel Harrison, Director of Program Development for ADAPT Community Network, explained why ADAPT applied for the award.
“Our application for the award was about the virtual services that were created during the pandemic,” Harrison said. “[They] provided a mechanism for people to remain connected with people they care about (family, friends, staff, peers, etc.) and those natural supports provided a level of security in their lives when the world seemed to be upside down.”
Representatives from ADAPT Community Network happily accepted the award on behalf of their organization, expressing their gratitude for the prestigious honor. Ed Matthews, CEO of ADAPT, said in a statement, “We are very proud of the virtual platform and the creativity of all involved in bringing into life. What started as a way to keep people connected during the pandemic has grown into opportunities for people to take control and make more choices that suit their interests and goals.”
If you or a loved one are interested in participating in our virtual programs, please contact Project Connect at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-827-2666.