Through the UAP fellowship we obtained the services of Dennis McGuire
, who had an extensive background in family counseling.
was finishing his
final year of study for a PhD in social work.
was assigned to NADS
20 hours per week, and in return we provided the UAP
with a $10,000 fellowship.
did home visits throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and provided wonderful counseling and referral services.
After obtaining his PhD, Dennis was hired by the UAP as a Family Counselor, but NADS was able to negotiate with the UAP to allow us to retain Dennis as our "fellow.
It soon became obvious to us that medical conditions were closely related to some of the psychosocial problems we encountered.
Therefore we began to search for ways that we might expand the work Dr. McGuire
had been doing with our families.
Initially Dr. McGuire split his time between the Center and theUAP but in March 1998 he joined the staff at the ADSC full-time as Director of Psychosocial Services.
When the Center opened in 1992 patients were served 2 mornings a month, but by 2011 because of the huge demand, patients are now seen 5 days a week with 2 full-time physicians, a full-time nurse practitioner, 3 certified medical assistants, a full-time RN, a patient representative, a nutritionist, an outreachworker and patient advocate.
has always played an active role on the team of the ADSC
, and we are very proud of this unique collaboration and the wonderful care teens and adults receive at the Adult Down Syndrome Center
has helped fund the positions of outreach, patient advocate and part of the services provided by Dr. McGuire
In 2011 NADS
was presented with a plaque recognizing that NADS
has provided more than a million dollars to the ADSC