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501(c)(4) status pending
Action DD is the only
disabilities advocacy licensed in Washington
state that does not receive government money. Therefore, we are
free to represent the best interests of people with
developmental disabilities. We do so by lobbying for
the care of the most needy.
Action DD leaders and volunteers receive no compensation.
Your donation will continue this work.
meeting February 3rd. Everyone
is welcome. Details
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.
Delaware families raise
issues of importance to any state
November 2, 2014
People with developmental disabilities are not the winners
when providers, families and states fight over care and
This week, in Delaware, a debate rages that echoes the
debate of a nation. The debate centers on whether government funds
should be spent on congregate housing arrangements – group homes,
villages, neighborhoods, where people with such disabilities are
the primary residents.
"I want my daughter to be in the community, but I want her to be safe," said one woman.,
Another said, "Don't suck [all the CMS money] up because you want to live in summer camp forever."
Cruel arguments over the care of people who themselves
have no say in their futures are showcased in this
Delaware News Journal article.
Woodbridge Developmental Center
New Jersey to close in January with tragic results.
October 20, 2014
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.
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
prohibit the use of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) appropriations in
support of deinstitutionalization activities.
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