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ACTION ALERT: Federal HHS Appropriations Robbing Autistic/Disabled of CHOICE

Action alertManaging Editor's Note:  Do you think the Federal Government knows what is VOR logobest for your son or daughter into adulthood? Do you think decision makers and advocates who have limited understanding of the major differences between autism and "traditional" intellectual disability have any idea how or desire to  make sure your child has a lifelong INDIVIDUALIZED plan? IEPs might end with school - that does NOT mean our children suddenly fit into the old models of disability.  Or the new models.  In fact, we know they do not - otherwise there would be NO sensory movies showings, sensitive Santas, special Broadway performances, Autism day at amusement parks and the myriad other accommodations we need for people with autism.   "Funding deinstitutionalization" sounds terrific.  Until you learn what is meant by "deinstitutionalizion..." 

Thank you to our sponsor VOR for advocating for us all. Here is their message and alert. KS

Dear Friends,

The U.S. House Appropriations' Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee is considering its Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

This week the Subcommittee is receiving public input via a hearing and written testimony. VOR is calling on the Subcommittee to "prohibit the use of HHS appropriations in support of deinstitutionalization activities which evict eligible individuals with I/DD from HHS-licensed and funded homes.

VOR feels strongly that no federal agency should define “choice” so narrowly and illegally as to disenfranchise the most vulnerable segment of our disabled population.

If you agree, BY MARCH 28, 2014 (this Friday!) please support VOR's testimony with a letter of your own (a template is provided, just click here). The deadline to submit written testimony for the record is this Friday, March 28.

To take action, simply click on this Action Alert.

You'll be asked to provide your contact information and with a simple "click" your letter will be sent directly to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee. It's an easy way to lend your voice in support of quality care based on individual needs and choice, regardless of setting, for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Questions? Contact thopp@vor.net


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