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Next ActionDD meeting February 3rd.  Details here.

Rainier School hosted Action DD Fall Meeting.
October 27, 2014

On a sunny autumn day, Saturday's Action DD meeting was a hit.  Members learned that Action DD is poised to become a 501(c)(4) tax exempt non-profit.  This will allow larger donors to contribute to Action DD.  
      Our primary goal for the 2014 legislative session is to get a bill approved that would save the Yakima Valley School from closure and return it to receiving new admissions. Our lobbyists are working to educate our legislature to this end.  They are making great inroads and will continue lobbying to save the YVS all way through the 2015 session, which they say could go all the way to June 30th.
      A new meeting format is planned for our Winter meeting February 3rd, 2015. We will meet on campus in a lovely room right under the cafeteria in Prichard building.  This will allow us to invite our legislators to a location they are familiar with.  This does not coincide with Arc's DD day. It will be our day on campus. Our meeting will go from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by topics and general conversation. during this time we will receive legislators. 

Woodbridge Developmental Center New Jersey to close in January with tragic results.
October 20, 2014
Paul Strand

Another facility closes and more innocent people are harmed. This trend has to be stopped.  Closing such facilities leaves those who need the closet care at the mercy of what ever the community can provide, which is often not good enough or a shameful disaster.
      Linda J. Akerman of Lakewood New Jersey writes, "Most of the Woodridge residents have already moved and some are not adjusting well to the change. People have fallen and broken limbs, some cry constantly and others who do not quite understand, have acted out and were moved to psychiatric facilities. Our hearts go out to those individuals and to their parents and families who are unable to travel to see their loved ones due to long distance placement or poor health."
      Only by the banding together of families and friends can we defeat the trend to close these homes. Visit VOR to see what you can do to help.   

What Happens When Sheltered Workshops Close?
September 30, 2014
By HALLE STOCKTON, PUBLICSOURCE

The sheltered workshops that are still prevalent across much of the country were shut down in Vermont more than a decade ago. And now, the employment rate of people with developmental disabilities in the New England state is twice the national average.
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VOR calls on Congress to stop illegal evicts from Medicaid approved homes
"No federal agency should define 'choice' so narrowly and illegally as to disenfranchise the most vulnerable segment of our disabled population." Writes VOR in a plea to congress to prohibit the use of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) appropriations in support of deinstitutionalization activities. 
      Each time a we hear of a closure we hear again of the deaths and traumas of displaced individuals.  Read VOR's full testimony to Congress here.
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Action DD is the lobbying arm that complements our separate RHC groups.  For people in need of close care the RHC is the best possible treatment and residential option.  It's all about the needs of people with profound developmental disabilities.  It's not about the ideology of community.  Some people just need more care, and the RHC is the best place get it..  

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