Richard Petty

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Richard Petty, MBAis Director of the IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Independent Living, Director of the National Center for Aging and Disability (NCAD) at TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research), and Co-Director of ILRU at TIRR. NCAD addresses the concerns of persons with disabilities who are aging and of those who acquire disabilities as they age. Petty has served as the Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Participant‑Directed Services and as Research Professor in the School of Social Work at Boston College. Petty serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He has directed the ILRU New Community Opportunities Center, a national center that fosters innovative community programs and adult and youth transitions from institution to community. He directed the IL-NET, the single national technical assistance and training resource for independent living organizations that foster community independence for people with disabilities. From 1988 through 1997 he served as Executive Director of Mainstream, an advocacy‑oriented center for independent living in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a founding member of the Arkansas Statewide Independent Living Council and served as a lobbyist and advocate working to advance consumer‑controlled community services for persons with disabilities. Petty holds an MBA degree from the C. T. Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston.

Contact Info:
Phone: 713-797-7122
Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU)
TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Center
1333 Moursund Street
Houston, TX 77030-3405

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