Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Long time VOR Member and Pennsylvania Advocate, Offers Tribute to Polly Spare, VOR

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September 11, 2013

Ms. Ann Knighton, President
VOR
Suite 251
836 S. Arlington Heights Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Dear Ms. Knighton,

We are all so pleased to see that Polly Spare is your 2013 Voice Award recipient. No matter how one might praise Polly and her work, it would be an understatement. Her energy and her impact in addressing critical issues involving those who do not chose to be care-dependent are unmatched.

In Pennsylvania, she often stood alone against the statist-driven mindset of our state's governors, human service bureaucrats, and their "advisory committees" dominated by one-size-fits-all advozealots. Polly's example continues to inspire us parents and families as we battle to protect our right to learn about and then choose options we feel are best for our sons and daughters with mental retardation, autism and related disorders of behavior and communication.

VOR's Michael Klurfeld To Participate at New York Family & Professional Resource Fair

For Immediate Release

December 4, 2013

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MANHATTAN - Michael Klurfeld, VOR’s New York State Coordinator, will represent the national organization at the Family & Professional Resource Fair, sponsored by the Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council, on December 11, 2013.

VOR advocates for high quality care and human rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) across the country.

At Home in Georgia; Respecting Choice and Ensuring Safe Care

November 19, 2013 (submitted)
Augusta Chronicle * Letter to the Editor

Ann S. Knighton, VOR President and President of East Central Georgia Regional Hospital

Dr. Kenneth Fuller’s editorial (“Closure of Georgia hospitals endangers mental health care,” Nov. 17) is like water in a dry desert: refreshingly right and necessary, but painfully scarce. I share completely his concerns about Georgia’s misguided effort to evict fragile, disabled citizens from their homes.

Bill Choslovsky and Scott Mendel, attorneys who championed choice in Illinois to receive prestigious award

VOR, a national organization who participated as Amicus Curiae in Ligas v. Hamos, offers its congratulations

For Immediate Release, November 8, 2013

Elk Grove Village - Under any circumstance, acts of generosity deserve recognition, especially when it is not sought.

On November 15, Bill Choslovsky and Scott Mendel, two Chicago attorneys who were motived by doing right and not by recognition, will get the honor they deserve.

Both will be receiving the Sister Rosemary Connelly Service Medallion at the annual Misericordia Heart of Mercy Ball for their pro bono legal representation of Misericordia in Ligas v. Hamos, a class action lawsuit that threatened to close private facility homes of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) across Illinois.

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Bill Choslovsky and Scott Mendel, attorneys who championed choice in Illinois to receive prestigious award

VOR, a national organization who participated as Amicus Curiae in Ligas v. Hamos, offers its congratulations

For Immediate Release, November 8, 2013

Elk Grove Village - Under any circumstance, acts of generosity deserve recognition, especially when it is not sought.

On November 15, Bill Choslovsky and Scott Mendel, two Chicago attorneys who were motived by doing right and not by recognition, will get the honor they deserve.

VOR to Visit Wyoming Life Resource Center and Speak to Center Families

For Immediate Release

October 28, 2013

Julie Huso, Executive Director of VOR, a national non-profit, non-provider, advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), will travel to Lander next week to tour the Wyoming Life Resource Center (WLRC) and meeting residents’ families.  She will meet with WLRC families on Monday, November 4, following the center tour, at the Lander Public Library, Carnegie Room.