The membership of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has elected Michael Bailey of Oregon as its new President.
Mr. Bailey has a long history of service to NDRN and the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agencies that make up the organization’s membership. Most recently Mr. Bailey served as Vice President of the Board of NDRN and was past Chair of the Program Advisory Committee and the Finance Committee. He also serves on the Standards Committee and the Executive Committee.
“Michael’s breadth of experience and dedication to the Network is unparalleled,” said NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker. “His advocacy work at the local level with Disability Rights Oregon will help NDRN continue to strengthen and enhance our network. We are all very excited to work with him.”
“The opportunity to serve as NDRN’s board president is truly an honor,” said Bailey. “NDRN strives to increase the capacity of the P&A network, to toughen laws protecting civil and human rights, and to create a world where people with disabilities have equality of opportunity and are able to participate fully in community life by exercising choice and self determination. I am so pleased to be part of this important work.”
Michael is author of “Special Education: A Parent’s Guide to a Child’s Success” as well as numerous articles related to inclusion, civil rights and social change for people with disabilities. He has presented at many national and international conferences.
Michael is the father of a young adult daughter that has a developmental disability. The two have recently been conducting joint presentations at conferences including the Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities in Hawaii.
The membership also elected as Vice President, Rocky Nichols, Disability Rights Center of Kansas, Secretary Teresa Larsen, Disability Rights North Dakota, and Treasurer Elmer Cerano, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service.