A message from IDEATE director Kaelynne Koval:

Ronald Stephen Ricci died peacefully with his family around him in Medina, Ohio on September 28, 2018, at the age of 70.

“Ron was dedicated to his family and was someone who never judged. So when his first grandchild was diagnosed with autism, he threw himself into learning to support Simon and making family life as accessible and accepting as possible. Papa shared his love of discovery with Simon, and they explored many places together. Ron was a passionate supporter of those with developmental disabilities. In his memory, your contributions will help IDEATE’s work with kids and adults with developmental disabilities flourish. Rest In Peace, Papa.”

In Memory of Ronald S. Ricci, DDS

Your donation in memory of Ronald S. Ricci, DDS, will support adults with developmental disabilities in RHD’s Ideate program. Please feel free to use the comment field on the donation page if you’d like to leave a message for Dr. Ricci’s family and friends.

IDEATE is an inclusive employment organization dedicated to providing clinically guided support to individuals with barriers to getting and sustaining earning opportunities. Our mission is to support our clients to identify and retain person-tailored occupations. We want to redefine ‘work’, one person at a time while leveling the playing field using technology. In order to support our clients in person-tailored work, our fundamental approach focuses on empowerment, choice, safety, trustworthiness, and collaboration. We seek to identify any barriers and overcome them by building inclusive employment solutions. Our practice is designed to support self-actualization and inclusion. We do this by offering support in community-based employment, including customized employment, alternative staffing, a deep-dive into technology-based accommodations and the development of formalized innovative practices wherein the individuals can cultivate self-selected natural supports especially in careers where our participants are under-represented. IDEATE is certified by ACRE and APSE (CESP).

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Program Start Year

  • 2014

Program Website URL


  • Kaelynne Koval, Director

Contact Information

  • phone 484-612-5200
  • email
  • location 4700 Wissahickon Avenue, Suite 126
    Philadelphia, PA 19144