Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

VOR Brings Choice Message to Chicago-area Citizens with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their Families

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2013

Julie Huso, Executive Director of VOR, a national advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), traveled to the Chicago-area last week to meet with individuals with I/DD and their families. During her week-long visit, Huso toured public and private facilities for people with I/DD, shared information about VOR’s national advocacy with families of disabled individuals, and met with VOR leaders and members.

VOR's Julie Huso To Attend American Health Care Association’s ID/DD Day at National Conference

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2013

Julie Huso, Executive Director of VOR, a national organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), will attend the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living’s ID/DD Day in Phoenix, Arizona on October 6, 2013.

VOR advocates for high quality care and human rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) across the country. The AHCA/NCAL conference includes education sessions, inspiring general sessions, and an interactive Expo Hall for long-term and post-acute care professionals for seniors and people will disabilities.

California: Future of the Developmental Centers Task Force

Fairview Family and Friends Newsletter * September 2013 * by Terry Debell

For the last several months, every Sacramento legislative hearing that involved the Department of Developmental Services was marked by the very strong call to “Close the Developmental Centers” (DCs). This call came from community activists, from lobbyists, from consumers, from service providers, and from some legislators. Outside of the committee hearings, rallies have been held calling for closure of the DCs. Several organizations representing community services are working to find a legislative sponsor to close the DCs.

New VOR Legislative Committee Chairman

July 19, 2013

For Immediate Release?

Long-time VOR Legislative Committee Chairman, Peter Kinzler, announces his retirement; hands baton to David Hart

Peter Kinzler “retired” from his career two years ago, but never really retired.

Announcing the Real Choices in Care Blog

David Kassel has launched “The Real Choices in Care Blog,” a project in conjunction with the VOR and the Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates (COFAR, Inc.).

The blogsite reports on issues affecting people with developmental disabilities around the country. 

“I hope to bring a critical perspective and investigative scrutiny to the ongoing closures of developmental centers and the privatization of services nationwide,” said Kassel. “I also hope to report on success stories regarding the preservation of the continuum of care.”

Providers address the need to standardize care across all settings serving people with disabilities at national convention

June 17, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tamie Hopp, Director of Government Relations & Advocacy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 605-399-1624

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 9, Terry Kopansky, Executive Director of Mur-Ci Homes, Inc., a care provider for people with developmental disabilities in Antioch, Tennessee, moderated a panel of experts who discuss proven strategies for delivering high quality care to this vulnerable population. 

The panel discussion, featuring Ralph Kennedy of Tennessee Family Solutions (Nashville), Renee Naylor of Westcare Management (Oregon), and Brad Whitehead of Lanterman Developmental Center (California), was part of the national convention of VOR, a nonprofit advocacy organization.