NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker to Retire in 2022

January 25, 2022
NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker to Retire in 2022

From NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker:

Portrait of Curtis Decker

I am writing to share the news that after 37 years as executive director of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), I plan to retire later this year. As executive director my focus has always been on strengthening and expanding the nation’s Protection and Advocacy network (P&A). Over the years, we have grown the network from a single P&A program with a focus on abuse and neglect in institutions, to a nationwide powerhouse reaching into nearly all disability civil rights issues and on behalf of people with every type of disability. Today, as I look at all we have accomplished, I am confident the network has never been stronger. 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.

It has been the honor and privilege of my life to be a part of this network and to have stood side by side with you during the many challenges we have faced. It also made our many victories and advancements all the more special. In so many ways, this network is my family. It will be hard to leave. But it is the right decision and the right time. Thank you all for the many years of friendship and for all you do on behalf of people with disabilities.

The NDRN Board of Directors has begun a national search. I will remain as executive director until the position is filled. We will keep you updated as the search progresses.

My best,