Colorado: VOR to Present on Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families
For Immediate Release:
September 5, 2014
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Julie Huso, Executive Director
ARVADA – Julie Huso, a national advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will give a free presentation on the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families at the Jefferson County Public Library at 7525 W. 57th Avenue in Arvada, Colorado at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The public is welcome to attend.
Huso has served as the Executive Director of VOR, a national nonprofit advocacy organization for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, for over five years. She has been involved in disability advocacy for more than 25 years.
Save our Regional Centers, a coalition of concerned families and advocates and an affiliate of VOR, is hosting the presentation. Wheat Ridge, Pueblo, and Grand Junction Regional Centers are state-operated licensed facility homes to about 250 of Colorado’s most profound disabled citizens.
A new law creates a Task Force to study and review the operations of the three centers and will consider whether any should be closed. Families of regional center residents are concerned about future closings, a trend facing other states.
“To families, the threat of closure is obvious,” said Ellen Laurence, who heads up the Save our Regional Centers coalition, is a member of the Task Force, and also serves as VOR’s Colorado State Coordinator. “Although the State has not decided whether or not to close our family members’ homes, they are studying the issue.”