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A Conversation with Derrick Dufresne on December 17, 2010, at Wildwood Metropark Toledo, Ohio.
Derrick Dufresne, CRA founder and Senior Partner, has been on a 35-year mission to help people and organizations discover and realize their full potential. Animating that mission is his core belief that there must be a better way to transform the promise of potential into the actuality of achievement. He has been a tireless advocate of innovation, inclusion and individual dignity –sounding a clarion call of the urgent need for systemic change and transformation – all directed towards effecting substantive change that makes a genuine difference in individual people’s lives.
He is a key thought leader on issues facing the human services field and is a sought-after and influential speaker; delivering keynote addresses at major conferences and symposia, speaking to individual groups and organizations, presenting seminars and participating in panel discussions. As a consultant he has championed his philosophy among organizations in forty-nine states -- leading strategic planning and management retreats and conducting staff and leadership training workshops for more than 50,000 people..
Derrick was President and CEO of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities for six years and served two terms on the Board of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIID – formerly AAMR). He was co-founder of AAIDD's Community Living Division (now Community Services) and served as chairperson of its Legislative and Social Issues Committee (LASI). In 2002, he received AAMR’s National Service Award "For unwavering service to people with developmental disabilities in support of self-determined and inclusive lives in communities across our nation.” That same year, he received the Monsignor Elmer H. Behrmann Award for outstanding contributions to the field of mental retardation from the Missouri State Chapter of AAMR.
Derrick lives by his personal motto “Hope, Urgency, Action!”