Indiana Institute on Disability and Community Annual Report for 2017
Friends and Colleagues:
July marks my first year as director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University. In this short and exciting time, I have had the great pleasure to listen to, watch, and learn from the Indiana Institute’s dedicated professionals, as they advance our mission daily. I was also honored to engage with hundreds of friends and partners of the IIDC from across the University, the state of Indiana, and the country. As I turn the page on this first year, I want to personally thank you all for the ongoing commitment you have to the Institute and to improving the lives of people with disabilities; as well as the warm welcome you extended to me and my family to Indiana and Indiana University.
I want to also recognize my predecessor, Dr. David Mank. Not only did David provide exceptional leadership and stewardship of the Indiana Institute over his 20 year tenure as director, he also supported a smooth transition as leadership changed. On behalf of the organization, David, thank you for your ongoing commitment and support.
Finally, it is my privilege to share with you the IIDC 2017 Annual Report. Exemplified in this report is the Indiana Institute’s determination to improve opportunities for people with disabilities, across the lifespan. This determination remains as steadfast today as it was when the Indiana Institute was formed 47 years ago. Central to our success remains our ability to organizationally respond to the ever shifting environments from which we operate – to change – a vital attribute to our ongoing health and position as a leader across the state and nation. Change at the IIDC is driven by our values; that all people, including those with disabilities, have the right to and belong in the community, as full members. The result is a team of expert researchers and change agents that have big ideas and creative approaches that produce positive outcomes for people and the communities they live in.
As we continue to evolve and strive for new ways to serve people with disabilities, advocates, policy makers, and communities across the state and nation, I personally invite you to reach out. Let us know how we are doing or how we can partner with you.
Derek Nord, Ph.D.