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Posts by John Dickerson

A Black History Moment in The Arc, Dr. Joseph Taylor




During this important month honoring black history I thought of the many black leaders in The Arc movement.  And there is one in particular, Dr. Joseph Taylor of Indianapolis, whose story I am proud to share with you. I met Dr.Taylor, who told me to call him Joe, in the 1970’s when he was involved […]

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A Special Message from John Dickerson  




  I want to share with you today that effective July 1, 2015, I will be stepping down as Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana, and I am pleased to announce that The Arc board of directors has unanimously voted to appoint Kim Dodson as The Arc’s new Executive Director.  I will continue my […]

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Milestone Marked in Journey to Community Living for All

May 1 marks another key milestone in Indiana’s history of supporting people with I/DD and their families. North Willow/Golden Living in Indianapolis, the last of three large intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities, made the transition to a tradition nursing home and over 110 people with I/DD have found new homes in the community.  […]

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Early Morning Thoughts




This morning I took an early flight to Washington, D.C. to participate in two days of meetings with The Arc and leaders from around the country.  From thirty thousand feet it was a beautiful sunrise and view of the Hoosier landscape.  People below are buzzing around – some starting their day while others are finishing […]

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Greg Anderson’s “Maximizing Personal Independence”




I enjoy reading Greg Anderson’s blog, Maximizing Personal Independence.  Greg lived in a nursing home and now lives in his own apartment with supports from the Medicaid Waiver program.  Greg has a great way of writing that cuts right to the heart of issues.  Because of his cerebral palsy, typing takes great effort.  Yet, his […]

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Giving Thanks




Working for The Arc, there is always much to do.  The needs that people have often seem so large.  But there is great progress being made and much for which to be thankful. Last week, because of some dedicated people at FSSA, a 70 year-old mother who is severely ill was able to get supports […]

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Unintended Consequences of Calling the Police




A preliminary review of records from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration shows that  individuals in Indiana’s developmental disabilities system were arrested  just over 170 times last year following a call to police. Often times, when they became agitated, they struck out and assaulted an officer.  Once in the criminal justice system everything changes. […]

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Building a Winning Team




The other day I had the chance to visit with a racing team manager. A very wise person, he wore the ring of being part of an Indy 500 winning race team. No small accomplishment. I asked him about all the technology in racing today and how much of his job was technology versus psychology […]

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