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Walter H. Cochneuer

NAPD Founder

Walter H. Cochneuer was the creator and driving force behind the origin of NAPD.  On October 8, 1979, he started with a handful of clients and a skeleton staff. Today, NAPD serves over 500 adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities, and employs over 160 caring & devoted staff. Walter’s vision, passion, and energy helped to build NAPD into what it is today: a tireless advocate for people with disabilities who deserve to be educated, nurtured, respected and loved.

Walter retired in 2009 but the heart of NAPD continues to beat strongly. The staff extends a special thank you to Walter’s family who shared their husband, father, and grandfather with NAPD for so many years of their lives.