July 1st, 2015 by Kim Dodson
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 at The Arc options for people with disabilities and their families were limited. For many families, state institutions were the only option. With John’s leadership, Indiana closed all of its state institutions and began seeing people with disabilities as valuable embers of the community and workforce.
John is a humble leader, always giving credit to everyone around him and taking none for himself. For those of us lucky enough to work alongside him we know it is only because of his great vision and support that the rest of us are able to do what we do. John makes everyone around him better and bolder. He allows us to dream big and stretch our capacities so that we can think beyond our goals.
Indiana is a better place because of John Dickerson. Thousands of families and individuals have been helped because of John’s passion and dedication.
Thank you, John for giving so much to so many people over the years. We have truly been blessed with your leadership. You will be missed but know your passion and support will always be with us. It is now my honor to carry on your work for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through The Arc of Indiana.