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Conference Materials and Reports from VOR's 2017 Annual Meeting & Legislative Initiative

June 3 - 7, 2017

VOR's 2017 Annual Conference and Washington Initiative was held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill again this year. By all accounts the conference and initiative were a great success, both in terms of reaffirming our committment to VOR's mission and in our efforts to take our message to legislators and their staff members.

Please click on the links below to see some of the materials presented to Congress at the Legislative Initiative and some of the materials and presentations from the Annual Meeting.

Legislative Initiative Materials

2017 State Reports

2017 Supplementary Materials

Update on Ball v. Kasich - VOR Files Amicus Brief

VOR has requested permission from the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio to file an amicus brief in support of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their family members who have acted to prevent a class-action suit brought by Disability Rights Ohio (DRO).  DRO's suit seeks to reduce or remove funding in Ohio to Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) and sheltered workshops in favor of community care options.   While community settings are appropriate for many individuals with disabilities, not all disabled individuals can handle or benefit from them.  VOR supports a continuum of care to accommodate the diverse needs of all people with disabilities, including settings which provide higher levels of care for people with severe and profound needs.

Donate to the Ohio Ball v. Kasich Legal Defense Fund

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VOR has established a fund to receive contributions from Ohioans who wish to donate to a legal defense of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) whose individual rights, interests and wishes are at risk as a result of claims asserted in the class action suit filed by Disability Rights Ohio (DRO). Monies collected will be used for legal fees relating to representation in connection with the lawsuit.

Celebrating the 17th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

Opportunities and Choices

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) issued press releases celebrating the 17th Anniversary of the Olmstead decision. VOR shares their view that there is much to celebrate in opening doors to community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are able and wish to take advantage of such opportunities. Unfortunately, their ideological preoccupation with one key part of Olmstead, community integration, at the expense of the other key part, choice, has reduced options for all people with I/DD. This crimped and, VOR would submit, inaccurate application of the plain language of Olmstead has done significant harm to many of our most disabled citizens.