Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Joint Commission Recommends Redesignating Ohio's Protection and Advocacy Agency

On April 11, 2023,  Ohio's Joint Commission to Examine the State Protection and Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program recommended to the Governor that the state "redesignate" its P&A, having found Disability Rights Ohio for "intentionally not protecting and advocating for all individfuals with disabilities."

The report came in response to hearings on Nov. 1 and Nov. 15, 2023 in which families testified about their dissatifaction with the DRO's actions and biases against people in ICFs and sheltered workshops.

Download the report here

VOR's 2022 Annual Meeting

VOR's 2022 Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, June 12, 2022  on Zoom.
We'd like to thank all of those who participated in making this such a successful event. 
We would especially like to thank our three speakers, Jill Escher, Kit Brewer, and Micki Edelsohn, 
To view the videos of their presentations,please go to our YouTube page.
For State Reports submitted by some of the participants, please click here
For information about the Guest Speakers, please continue reading

Severe Autism - Video and Panel Discussion

We are proud to feature a video on Severe Autism, created by Dr. Gloria Satriale, Executive Director of Preparing Adolescents and Adults for Life, Secretary of the National Council on Severe Autism, and a member of VOR. Following the premiers of the video, there was a panel discussion featuring advocates from the National Council on Severe Autism, VOR, and Together for Choice.

VOR 2021 Virtual Legislative Initiative

CapitolDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, VOR's Legislative Initiative was held virtually this year. There were no in-person meetings with Members of Congress or their staff on the Hill as in other years. Instead, our members arranged meetings via Zoom or held conference calls with legislative aides.

We focused on Choice and the need to support all residential and employment options, concerns about the DSP crisis, and the need to protect vocational centers and 14(c) wage certificates for people with moderate-severe I/DD and autism. Conference materials are attached below.

The Coronavirus and Individuals with I/DD

coronavirusThe Coronavirus has dominated the news in recent weeks. We wish all of our members and their loved ones the best of health, and urge you to consider the effects this virus may have on long term services and supports, residential facilities, at-home care, day care, and vocational centers.

Several articles have appeared in the news recently that bear on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, medically fragile individuals, and other persons in long-term care.