How do your programs and services impact the lives of your clients?
ACCA works with individuals who experience a wide variety of disabilities. All of our programs work to support the whole family in real-life activities and settings. We work to find ways to support independence and participation in the community. Programs such as Speech Clinic, Infant Learning Program and the FACES FAS Diagnostic Team provide evaluation as well intervention for children and adults.
How has United Way of the Tanana Valley helped your agency fulfill its mission?
Part of the ACCA mission is to provide services without regard to ability to pay, and United Way funding allows us to do this. We use United Way dollars to fund speech therapy for people with no insurance, pay for FAS evaluation services, and to support ILP program costs not covered by grant funding. Over the years, ACCA has often used United Way funds to start up new projects until we can establish ongoing program funding.
For what are you most proud of ACCA?
I am most proud of the dedicated, hard-working staff we have at ACCA. It is an amazing group of professionals who truly believe in working as a team to provide services in ways that are best for each individual family.
Susan Kessler is executive director of Alaska Center for Children and Adults
This agency spotlight was submitted by the United Way of the Tanana Valley. To contact the United Way for more information on how to donate to this year’s campaign, visit http://unitedwaytv.com/Give.html or call the office at 452-7211 ext. 23.