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Area Residential Care Hosts Conference on

Area Residential Care, a nonprofit agency that provides services for adults with intellectual disabilities, is hosting nationally renowned speaker Derrick Dufresne in Dubuque.

The public is welcome to attend the conference, which will take place at the Grand River Center on October 24 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. No registration is required, and a light breakfast will be provided.

Mr. Dufresne will be speaking on the topic Community for All - All for Community. During his presentation, Mr. Dufresne will explain how communities can become more inclusive for people with disabilities and how employers can utilize persons with disabilities as part of their workforce.

"This presentation will show how, by making communities better for everyone, we make them better for people with disabilities," explains Dufresne.

Derrick Dufresne is the president of CRA - a consulting firm dedicated to promoting full community membership for people with disabilities. As president and founder of CRA, he has provided training and consultation to over 75,000 people in 49 states. Derrick is deeply committed to assisting providers, advocates, state officials, and others in the implementation of the principles of full inclusion for all person with disabilities into the mainstream of community life.

Area Residential Care is celebrating 50 years of providing quality services for individuals with intellectual disabilities in the Dubuque community. Since 1968, Area Residential Care has worked tirelessly to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities have had the opportunity to experience the world in their own community. The organization has grown over the past 50 years to serve an average of 200 people with disabilities annually, providing residential, vocational, and day services in the Dubuque and Dyersville communities.

For addition information, contact Ellen Dettmer at (563) 557-4743 or visit

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