ASSISTING DEAF ADULTS TO PARTICIPATE TOTALLY
PO Box 1814
Danville KY 40423
Contact Information
Nonprofit ASSISTING DEAF ADULTS TO PARTICIPATE TOTALLY
Address PO Box 1814
Danville, KY 40423
Phone (859) 619-1364 Voice or Text
Fax 859 209-4513
Contact Name Dahlia Haas
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2011
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

There are numerous ways to support KyADAPT--here are some of them.  For more information about any of these items, call or text 859-619-1364.

- Call or email us to discuss the services we provide and/or to request written information about those services.
 
- Become a member of KyADAPT. 
 
- Volunteer to teach our clients independent living skills or to work with them on socialization and/or language skills-building.
 
- Volunteer to provide transportation for our clients (to monthly group activities, medical appointments, etc.).
 
- Co-sponsor, or ask your employer to co-sponsor, a monthly group activity for our clients--this can be done for a surprisingly low cost. 
 
- Provide, or ask your employer to provide, opportunities for our clients to do volunteer work in the community.
 
- Join with us to plan/carry out a community service project for the annual Heart of Kentucky United Way Day of Action. 
 
- Attend a client group activity to meet our staff and our wonderful clients!
 
- Volunteer to teach an independent living skills class for our clients, interpret for meetings, work on a KyADAPT committee.
 
- Help with fundraising events such as our annual Fun Walk.
 
- Provide volunteer or low-cost professional expertise and services in areas such as business, law, and accounting.
 
 - Help us enhance existing fundraising techniques and give us new ideas for fundraising projects.
 
- Donate new or gently used office supplies, and items our clients can use in their residences.
 
- Register and use your Kroger Rewards card and/or register with and purchase items from Smile.amazon.com to earn funds for KyADAPT.
 
- Donate to KyADAPT by sending a check to:
   KyADAPT
   P.O. Box 1814
   Danville, KY 40422 
 
- Donate to KyADAPT through the annual GoodGiving Challenge online fundraising campaign, beginning Nov. 29, 2016.
 
- Tell everyone you know about KyADAPT--help us spread the word about the unique services we provide to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing!
Other Documents
Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement

To establish and maintain a model independent living program for Deaf and hard of hearing adults who have additional disabilities and need some assistance with daily living and work skills.  All aspects of programs and services will create safe environments where participants have their functional and communication needs met and are encouraged to do as much for themselves as possible so as to live full and enriched lives.

Background Statement

KyADAPT, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Danville, was incorporated in 2002. We provide independent living supports to Deaf and hard of hearing adults with additional disabilities. KyADAPT is the only organization in the state which serves this promising but greatly underserved population.

Our fundamental philosophy is that, given the appropriate supports, Deaf adults with additional disabilities do not have to be institutionalized or remain isolated in their homes.
 
In collaboration with the Housing Authority of Danville (HAD), KyADAPT provides a residential program and related services for four Deaf clients who live in HAD apartment units. We expect to admit our fifth residential client soon. These clients receive assistance with daily living and work skills from staff and volunteers. We help them to live safely and as independently as possible, and assist them to realize their maximum potential as individuals and community citizens.
 
KyADAPT also provides services to clients who choose to live in other types of residences (family, Medicaid run homes, etc.). These "non-residential" clients, like our residential clients, enjoy monthly the group activities KyADAPT sponsors to promote learning and community belonging and to alleviate the isolation and loneliness which many of our clients have often experienced. The activities are open to Deaf and hard of hearing persons anywhere in Kentucky who have transportation to and from the activity and a chaperone to accompany them to the event.
 
Three goals we have for every residential client are full communication access in American Sign Language, self-determination, and community integration and belonging. Each residential client has an independent living plan which is developed by the client and his/her support team and which contains individualized goals for him/her.
 
Our residential clients pay for all of their own housing, daily living needs, and services such as any needed support staff. Many of them do this through SSI or SSDI benefits, individual grants, participation in Kentucky Medicaid waiver programs, and/or part-time employment. 
 
KyADAPT provides a consultant to ensure that clients identify and access needed services and enjoy a rich variety of group activities and quality deaf-independent living skills classes and in-home training.
 
KyADAPT does not seek government funding at this time, although we are currently exploring the possibility of becoming an SCL Medicaid waiver provider.
Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

1. Increased the number of clients served from 16 to 20 (since we serve a small, specialized population, this is a significant gain for us).
2. Received new funding from The Presbyterian Church and other organizations while receiving renewed funding from Heart of Kentucky United Way, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Danville City Commission, and Ky. Dept. of Behavioral Health. Entered 2017 more "in the black" than expected. 
3. Formed new collaborations with organizations such as SCORE and Community Action Councils while strengthening existing ones (with OVR, Office for the Blind, Housing Authority of Danville, etc.).
4. Strengthened our Board and overall organization through training received at two Board retreats conducted by SCORE at our request and a Board Governance workshop conducted by the Ky. Nonprofit Network. Used knowledge gained to correct/improve procedures and to establish and work toward short- and long-term priorities.
5. Continued to offer quality independent living skills training to our clients through group independent living skills classes, one-on-one training sessions, and monthly client group activities.   
 
Goals:
 
1. Continue to seek and obtain sufficient funds to continue our mission.
2.  Explore, with assistance from the Ky. Department of Behavioral Health and other state agencies, the requirements, advantages and disadvantages of becoming a self-funding SCL Medicaid waiver provider. 
3. Continue our outreach to prospective clients and agencies which serve them (and, especially, to organizations serving minorities in our ongoing effort to have greater ethnic diversity in our client base).
4. Continue to review short-term and long-term goals established this year and to work toward achieving them. We have completed one of our four short-term goals (resolving the "employee versus contractor" status of staff and related tax issues) and have made good progress on the second one (converting our 2017 budget to a "fund accounting" system).
Needs Statement

 We need:

1. a large increase in our number of volunteers (especially volunteers willing to assist with fundraising and to provide transportation and other relatively simple services to our clients) 

2. one or more additional staff and adequate funds to pay them. We did hire one of our clients to serve as our group activities director for 9 months (July 2016-April 2017), but she resigned the position recently to enroll in adult education courses in preparation for entering college this fall).
 
3. sufficient funding (from both new sources and traditional ones) to remain solvent and continue to serve Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with additional disabilities 
 
4. stability in our Board of Directors--our small size and numerous responsibilities tend to put a relatively high level of demand on our Board members, resulting in frequent turnover in Board membership. When we must stop to replace resigning Board members and train new Board members, our progress is temporarily slowed.
 
5. a renewed commitment to our original vision of creating a residential program (i.e., "Deaf neighborhood") that provides services to meet the needs of our more dependent clients as well as our more independent ones. Nearly three-fourths of our clients will likely never be able to live without 24/7 care.
CEO/Executive Director Statement KyADAPT does not have a CEO or executive director at this time. We contract with independent consultants to accomplish our goals.
Board Chair Statement

Statement from Laura Sparrow, Board of Directors chairperson: 

Last year I accepted an invitation to serve on the KyADAPT Board of Directors, and am now serving as Board chairperson. There are no words to describe the joy I have experienced in watching our clients learn, grow and enhance their quality of life, and in being a part of that process.
Each of our clients has his/her own unique "success story." Here are four examples.
 
PB has maintained his own apartment (complete with his cat, "A.J.") for 8 years now. He has held the same job at Centre College for roughly the same period of time. Since KyADAPT encourages clients to find and maintain employment, we frequently obtain feedback from PB's supervisor on his job performance and use that feedback to encourage him to "keep up the good work." PB values a Deaf neighborhood and recently moved across town in order to live closer to several other KyADAPT clients who value and use American Sign Language.
 
RB is our newest residential client, and is abuzz with excitement at having a place of her own. She regularly visits the three clients who live near her and lets staff know if they have any needs. RB's favorite client group activities are trips to out-of-town sites such as the Newport Aquarium and Louisville Zoo. A woman of initiative, she recently requested that the Board hire her to plan and coordinate the group activities. We are definitely considering her request!
 
JH has maintained his own apartment for 8 years and has worked at Pioneer Vocational Industrial Services for the past 3 years. KyADAPT staff played a key role in helping JH get that job, and he greatly enjoys the spending money he earns. JH loves to do volunteer work in the community such as assisting KyADAPT and other local organizations with fundraising projects and serving as a teacher's aide in sign language classes at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Because he has Type 2 diabetes, JH is particularly grateful to the KyADAPT volunteer who takes him to Centre College to exercise several times a week.
 
DB does not let the fact that he is both deaf and blind prevent him from enthusiastically participating in the world around him. DB attends group activities regularly, where other clients communicate with him adeptly through tactile sign language. DB recently completed a job training program and enjoyed a weekend retreat for deaf-blind individuals. With help from KyADAPT volunteers, he has learned to use public transportation and order his own groceries from Wal-Mart. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building /
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky

KyADAPT is currently accepting client applications from throughout the state of Kentucky. We have a strong family involvement component and like to know the clients have relatively nearby family/outside support. Our program is based in Danville, KY, and clients live in apartments rented from the Danville Housing Authority.

Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Deaf people very often struggle to get equal education and vocational opportunities due to the communication barrier with non-ASL users. Deaf adults with other disabilities (physical, intellectual, emotional, vision, etc)… Deaf-Plus, have even greater challenges. KyADAPT is slowly striving to develop a continuum of services through which each client is encouraged and supported in the process of reaching their own potential. 

KyADAPT’s aim is to start filling a void in services to Kentucky’s Deaf-Plus community. There are no Independent Living programs which provide an ASL-rich environment for deaf clients. Most of this small population lives in institutions/homes where they cannot communicate with anyone using ASL. They are simply being fed and housed with little or no expectations for learning or improving their lives. They are very isolated and very lonely.

We know that many CAN learn, CAN work and CAN make decisions for themselves when provided with appropriate supports. In order to do this, they need:

- to live and interact with people who use ASL day-in and day-out. That way, clients can more readily learn socially acceptable behaviors, how to take care of their own basic needs, how to make decisions for themselves, etc.

- work skills taught in ASL with which they can more likely find volunteer and/or paid positions in the local community.

Over the coming 3-5 years, KyADAPT has to expand our financial resources. Resources which would allow us to hire trained staff who can communicate with clients and build a variety of services (housing, vocational, social). We have learned that building such a program involves a large variety of components, not only direct services to our clients... fundraising, office management, public relations and marketing, collaborating with other agencies, staff training, developing evaluation tools for staff and agency, receipting volunteers recruiting clients and processing admissions, ......  All of this requires people.  We need funds to pay the people.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
1. Board members assisted by volunteer grant writers or professional grant writers will apply for all appropriate grants that will provide direct client assistance.
 
2. Collaborating with established agencies to
   - provide more, but appropriate services to Deaf Plus clients 
   - to continue to build a strong foundation of best practices 
 
3. As funding becomes available, hire the staff who can both fluently communicate with clients and are skilled in developing independent living programs.
 
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Ginger Mitchell
Company Affiliation Ky. School for the Deaf
Term Mar 2017 to Mar 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Angie Campbell retiredVoting
Rita Finke retiredVoting
Peter McCaffrey Central Ky. Interpreter Referral, Inc.Voting
Ginger Mitchell Kentucky School for the DeafVoting
Jackie Slay retired
Evie Smith retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 0
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Evie Smith
Company Affiliation retired
Term July 2016 to July 2018
Standing Committees
Nominating
Finance
Membership
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
Comments
CEO Comments

Comments from Ginger Mitchell, Acting Chairperson: 

I recently agreed to serve as acting chair of KyADAPT when our previous Chairperson resigned to attend to personal matters which required a major portion of her time.   

 

In 2001, I was given the charge by OVR to develop a service delivery system for these individuals for whom we used the term “deaf-at-risk”.  It quickly became clear that there was a severe lack of appropriate services delivery options for this population.   I became aware of the KyADAPT program in its early stages and became involved as a member and have served on one of the sub-committees for a number of years.  With my recent retirement from OVR, I have become more available to work more closely with the program and to lend my time and expertise to help the program continue to develop. 

 

The three individuals in the program at this time have benefited tremendously and I wish that others could become aware of the improvement in the quality of their lives as a result of KyADAPT.  Our goal is to grow and develop the program so that other individuals can also experience this significant change for the better in their lives.  As mentioned previously, our primary goal at this time involves increasing our funding to enable us to hire a full-time Executive Director who can give his/her full-time attention to KyADAPT and its clients and services.  I know from experience that there are large numbers of deaf-at-risk individuals in the state who could benefit from these services.  I have worked with a number of these individuals and experienced their frustrations and those of their families that the supports are not available to give them just that little extra help that would enable them to live and work in the community.  I have also experienced these individuals’ frustrations due to the fact that they may be isolated and live with families or others who do not communicate with them.  Communication in the individual’s preferred mode of communication is one of the primary focuses of KyADAPT.  This lessens the individual’s isolation and increases his/her feeling of self-worth.

 

At this time, KyADAPT is the only program in the state that is focused on improving the lives of “deaf-at-risk” individuals.  The support and continuation of this program is vital to those who benefit from its services and who could benefit in the future.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director All Volunteers
Term Start Oct 2002
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 25
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Program Manager
Experience/Biography
Parent of a Deaf Plus son who is in the program.
Dahlia has worked with several other Medicaid funded independent living programs in the area. 
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Comments
CEO Comments

 

Description

       The KyADAPT Client Services Program is a collaborative effort between Board members, staff, clients, caregivers, members, volunteers, service providers, and other supporters.  We operate a residential program but serve nonresidential clients as well.  Our team works with each client, his/her caregivers, and a variety of state/local agencies to meet the client's unique needs.  We strive to provide a stimulating and educational environment which fosters independence and personal growth. The Client Services Program currently operates primarily on funding from Heart of Kentucky United Way.  The Housing Authority of Danville (HAD) provides our residential clients with low-cost housing. In recent months have received funds from the Kentucky Division of Behavioral Health, the City of Danville, the Hudson-Ellis Foundation, and the Kathleen Torok Memorial Fund. The First Christian Church of Danville and HAD have provided us with free office space.  


 


          

 

Budget $12,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Other Health/Disability, Adults,
Program Short Term Success
Clients engage with each other in social activities and work cooleratively with trained volunteers to develop some independent living skills.
Program Long term Success
Our adult clients will live in a residential community where they can communicate effectively with staff and others and can engage with the community as much as their disabilities will permit.
Program Comments
CEO Comments

John Haas’ Growth and Improvement

(by John’s mother, Dahlia Haas)

    In 2008, with help and encouragement from Kentucky ADAPT members, John took the big step of moving from his parents’ home in Lexington to his own apartment in Danville. Kentucky ADAPT assisted John in furnishing his apartment and invited members of the Danville Deaf community to attend a housewarming event at which John received additional items for the apartment as housewarming gifts. The fact that John has been able to continue to maintain his own home is largely due to the encouragement, advice and assistance he has received from Kentucky ADAPT coordinators and other Kentucky ADAPT members who drop by regularly to ensure that all is well with him, identify any needs or problems he has, and help him take any actions necessary to ensure his safety and happiness.

John has also benefited greatly from the monthly group activities and outings that Kentucky ADAPT sponsors for its clients (as a culturally Deaf adult, he values opportunities to socialize with other adults who value and use American Sign Language). Since John has a mild form of autism (Asperger’s Syndrome) which negatively impacts his language and social skills, expressive language communications and demonstrating socially appropriate behaviors have posed challenges for him for most of his life. I have seen a significant improvement in John’s expressive language and social skills as a result of the opportunities Kentucky ADAPT has provided for him to interact with others. He initiates more conversations, talks about a wider variety of topics, and has become much more aware of (and responsive to) other people and their feelings and needs. The sense of community belonging that Kentucky ADAPT has given John is now inspiring him to “give back to” his community through such activities as doing volunteer work at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and participating in Heart of Kentucky United Way Day of Action community improvement projects. Since my husband and I were told by psychologists when John was 5 years old that he would never be “educable” and might possibly be “trainable,” we are truly amazed at the person John is today, and grateful beyond words to Kentucky ADAPT for the key role this group has played in John’s progress.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
KyADAPT currently collaborates with the following agencies
- Housing Authority of Danville
- regional mental health agency
- Vocational Rehab office
- local working training program
- Kentucky Division of Behavioral Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities
- other area independent living programs who need sign language instruction 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $54,280.00
Projected Expenses $54,280.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$8,500$9,111$12,262
Government Contributions$3,736$2,863$1,173
Federal------
State$1,736$963$1,173
Local$2,000$1,900--
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$6,229$5,007$2,265
$292$632$1,110
$1,295$1,516$801
Investment Income, Net of Losses$24$39$30
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$28,027$8,358
Revenue In-Kind------
Other--$155--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$21,898$23,822$10,010
Administration Expense$26,704$30,492$6,009
Fundraising Expense$2,207$2,760$821
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.680.831.54
Program Expense/Total Expenses43%42%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%6%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$31,611$43,925$57,676
Current Assets$31,611$43,925$57,676
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$31,611$43,925$57,676
Form 990s
2016 990N
2015 990N
2014 Form 990N 2014
2012 990N 2012
Audit Documents
2015 KyADAPT Financial Review
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments

 After a year of intentionally tapping into our reserve funds in order to take our agency to the next level, KyADAPT Board has voted to only use this year's income to pay for this year's expenses.

 

 

Foundation Staff Comments
Since this organization files the 990N, which contains no financial information, all financial information was provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited.
Address PO Box 1814
Danville, KY 40423
Primary Phone 859 619-1364 Voice or Text
Contact Email info@kyadapt.org
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteers
Board Chair Ms. Ginger Mitchell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ky. School for the Deaf