Michael M. Smith
Location: Plainview, NY
ACDS, Inc. is a nonprofit serving children and adults with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities. “Our corporate culture organically develops from the children and adults we serve,” says Michael M. Smith. Each morning at ACDS’ Plainview school, “more than 200 children arrive over 10 minutes, and no one can help smiling, interacting and sharing. The staff captures the joy from the children and enhances it. We try to enable and recreate that infectious joy in all our sites.” ACDS is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, and the nonprofit threw a cocktail party to thank long-time donors and supporters. “No one was asked for money. No money was raised. We just said ‘thank you,’” says Smith.
“Our staff works for many things other than their bi-weekly paycheck.”