Dr. Rick Rader

Dr. Rick Rader is the Director of the Habilitation Center at the Orange Grove Center in Chattanooga. He serves as a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability as well as being elected as the President of the American Association on Health and Disease. He serves as the Editor in chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine and has published over 300 articles in the area of health and disability. He is the National Medical Advisor to the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and is a past president at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. He is board certified in developmental medicine and is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee at Special Olympics International. He is the founder of the Orange Grove Center for the Study of Joy in People with Intellectual Disabilities. He has been an advisor to five former US Surgeon Generals in the area of health and disabilities