Curtis L. Decker, J.D., Vice Chair
National Disability Rights Network
J.D., Cornell Law School
Curt Decker has been affiliated with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)* since its inception in 1982. As Vice Chairman of the nation’s largest non-governmental enforcer of disability rights, Curt oversees all activities related to training and technical assistance, membership services, and legislative advocacy.
Before founding NDRN with other P&A Directors, Curt served as Director of the Maryland P&A – the Maryland Disability Law Center. Curt also served as Director of the H.E.L.P. Resource Project for Abused and Neglected Children for four years, and was a VISTA worker prior to working as a senior attorney for Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau for five years.
Curt is the past chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of over 100 national disability groups, and serves on the boards of Friends Research Institute and Opera Vivente. In his career, Curt also served as a legislative consultant for numerous groups, including the American Association on Mental Retardation, the National Public Law Training Center, and the Maryland Academy of Physician’s Assistants. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Cornell Law School.