Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 11, 2014
Americans with profound developmental disabilities, including autism, are being seriously threatened by the closure of their homes and reduction of services due a shift in government policy that dictates where people with profound disabilities should receive care, without regard to individual choice and level of need.
In response, VOR members from around the country came together at VOR’s Annual Conference and Congressional Initiative this week. VOR is a national nonprofit family/guardian organization advocating for high quality care and human rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Participants were briefed on important issues affecting people who are medically fragile and are fully dependent on 24-7 care for survival.
Medicaid, a federal benefit program, is the primary source of funding for long-term care services for people intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. Unfortunately, state by state, these programs are becoming diminished.
“There is a false belief that removing individuals with profound needs from their specialized care homes will somehow result in normalized lives,” said Ann Knighton, VOR’s President. “My daughter’s disability is not going away. Separating Erika from her necessary services is like moving a hospital’s emergency room to my living room. It’s dangerous and isolating.”
VOR conference participants also visited all members of Congress to lobby for those who are in need of extensive care, but do not have the voice to advocate for themselves. Other key federal agencies within the Administration also received VOR’s presentation.
“We are having a very productive week in Washington, D.C.,” said Knighton. “Collectively we will visit every Congressional office. We have received very positive responses to the concerns we brought to their attention. We will continue to push for the best care that our family members, the most vulnerable our nation’s citizens, deserve.”
About VOR: VOR is a national organization that advocates for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Offering community, legal, medical and educational resources for families of individuals with special needs, VOR is committed to providing help for people with disabilities. Standing up for long term care facilities and community disability programs, VOR is dedicated to maintaining individual and family choice for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information about VOR, please visit us at http://www.vor.net, or contact VOR directly at 977-399-1624 or info(at)vor(dot)net. VOR’s Press Kit is available at http://vor.net/images/stories/pdf/vorpresskit2014jg.pdf.