John Dickerson

A Message of Thanks to John Dickerson

This week The Arc of Indiana bids farewell and best wishes to its longtime leader, John Dickerson. As executive director John transformed services and supports for people with disabilities, making sure they had every opportunity to achieve their dreams of working and living in communities across the state of Indiana. When John began his career…

Remembering Our Pioneers, and Thanks to You Pioneers of the Future

As we approach Memorial Day, it is  important to remember those who have given so much to bring the developmental disabilities movement to this point.  It came home so powerfully this week. I was privileged to be the speaker for Down Syndrome Indiana’s fourth Tuesday family session at St. Luke’s UMC  in Indianapolis.  And into this meeting…

Telling Your Story – Putting a Face on “Faceless” Budget Cuts

Further state budget cuts were announced yesterday, but how the cuts will be implemented remains unclear.  Governor Daniels has asked all state agencies to reduce their budgets by a total of 15% – this does include the 10% cuts already announced last week that touch many of the programs for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. At this…

In Difficult Times, Remembering a Founder’s Words

Many years ago, during one of our more trying days at the Indiana General Assembly, I made the trip to Rushville to speak at the Rush County Arc annual dinner.  I must admit on that day I was weary, feeling the weight of the people who did not believe in what we were trying to…

New Voice

I am very pleased to introduce an exciting new voice to our movement, Michelle Fisher. Michelle is the host of “A View from My Window,” an audio cast that is now a regular feature on The…