VOR’s mission is to advocate for high quality care and human rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
VOR promises to empower you to make and protect quality of life choices for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Who We Are
Founded 35 years ago in 1983, VOR is a national 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and funded solely by dues and donations. We receive no government support.
Throughout its history, VOR has been the only national organization to advocate for a full range of quality residential options and services, including own home, family home, community-based service options, and licensed facilities. We support the expansion of quality community-based service options; we oppose the elimination of specialized facility-based (institutional) option.
VOR represents primarily individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families/guardians. VOR advocates that the final determination of what is appropriate depends on the unique abilities and needs of the individual and desires of the family and guardians.
Through the following national programs, VOR achieves its Mission to advocate for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities:
Quality in the Community Initiative: In early 2013, VOR launched its Quality in the Community Initiative to proactively address the negative outcomes associated with unprepared community settings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The need for VOR's Quality in the Community Initiative is urgent. Deinstitutionalization - the closure of federally-licensed specialized settings - continues in earnest. As a result, individuals with profound I/DD, multiple disabilities, serious medical problems, and behavior challenges are removed from specialized settings to "community-based" settings often with poorly trained staff and inadequate health and safety measures in place. Predictable tragedies are well-documented and widespread. VOR's Quality in the Community Initiative aims to address this widespread concern by developing and promoting community care standards. Read more.
To help illustrate the scope of VOR's national advocacy, VOR developed an Advocacy Map that shows the 23 states where VOR has been actively involved during the past 12 months (see the blue states). VOR's advocacy ranges from from helping families in crisis to assisting our state coordinators and affliates with statewide legal and legislative initiatives.