Board of Directors Statement on the Retirement of NDRN’s Executive Director

February 11, 2022
Board of Directors Statement on the Retirement of NDRN’s Executive Director

For Immediate Release  

J.J. Rico, Board President
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Washington, D.C. – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) Board of Directors announces the retirement of Executor Director Curt Decker. Curt has been the executive director at NDRN for the past 37 years.

“The Board thanks Curt for his passion and leadership of our 57-member Protection and Advocacy (P&A) network,” said J.J. Rico, president of the NDRN Board of Directors. “He has positioned NDRN and the P&A network as leaders in the disability rights legal and advocacy community.”

The NDRN Board has formed a committee to begin the national search to find the most skilled and dynamic leader to carry out NDRN’s mission and vision.

“As executive director, Curt has always focused on strengthening and expanding our P&A network,” said Rico. “Under his leadership, our P&A network grew from a single program focused on abuse and neglect to a national powerhouse that serves all disabilities on nearly every disability civil rights issue.”

“As I look at all we have accomplished, I am confident the P&A network has never been stronger,” said Decker. “With that in mind, it is the right time for me to hand over leadership to the next generation. I know that whoever replaces me will, along with the board and staff, have what they need to take NDRN and the P&As to new heights.”

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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.