Intersect for Ability is a collaborative network of eleven community organizations located in Northern Illinois that serve individuals with developmental disabilities. It has worked over the past four years to develop programming in professional development for staff as well as programs to aid individuals with developmental disabilities in transitioning between life stages and gaining meaningful employment.
Recently, Intersect was honored with three Telly Awards for two promotional videos produced in 2012. The Telly Awards recognize achievements in film and video production, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. The Intersect for Ability Marketing video which showcased all member agencies in the network won twice-- once for best in the nonprofit category and once for corporate image. A video which promotes the network's Jobs75 program also won for best in nonprofit. The videos were produced by Michael Maher, board member of Seguin Services, who has played an important role documenting various aspects of Intersect for Ability and some of its collaborative programs.
In the photo above are members of the Intersect for Ability Network Council receiving the three Telly Awards. From left to right are Mark Schmidt, The Hope Institute for Children and Families; Wayne Kulick, Countryside Association; Tim Edwards, PACTT; Sarah Weimeyer, Helping Hand Center; Clark McCain, The Coleman Foundation; Alexander Brown, PACTT; Lori Opiela, Seguin Services; Joseph Mengoni, Seguin Services; Jim Weise, Park Lawn; Patti Boheme, Little Friends; Pam Sondell, Barbara Olson Center of Hope; Geana Connelly, Misericordia; and Tess Oster, Barbara Olson Center of Hope.