South Korean University Models Supports After Ardmore
Over the last 2 years, Ardmore has worked with Support Development Associates (SDA) to transform into an agency that promotes empowerment, choice, and voice for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our commitment to person-centered practices for the men and women we support has distinguished Ardmore as a trailblazer in Maryland’s efforts to bring person-centered planning and thinking to the forefront of the state’s initiatives.
Recently, Ardmore has the privilege of hosting a delegation from Sahmyook University in South Korea. Faculty from their Department of Social Welfare spent 3 days learning about how Ardmore utilizes SDA’s person-centered thinking tools to transform the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During their time, the delegation worked with Michael Smull, founder of SDA, Sue Kullen, certified Person-Centered Thinking Trainer, and Ardmore to examine how the people we serve benefit from cohesive, person-centered and person involved life planning.
The week culminated with tours of the Maryland State House and Governor’s House in Annapolis. Secretary Carol Beatty (Maryland Department of Disabilities) joined Michael Smull, Sue Kullen, representatives from Ardmore, and the South Korean delegation for a meet and greet with First Lady Yumi Hogan. During the conversation, Mrs. Hogan highlighted Maryland’s commitment to being first on disability initiatives and encouraged future collaborations between Sahmyook University, SDA, and Ardmore.
For more information about this event, please contact Heather Deacon at 301-306-2591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.