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VOR's 2017 Annual Meeting & Legislative Initiative

June 3 - 7, 2017

That this will be a very busy year for VOR members and advocates, with multiple opportunities and multiple challenges to be presented by the Trump administration and the 115th Congress.

Please register early and reserve your hotel rooms now. The hotels predict that rooms will be hard to find and at a premium, with many other groups expressing their interest to speak with elected officials.

For more information on the conference, registation, and hotel reservations, click here. Note: Web links will become active after you download the pdf.

To go directly to the registration link, Click Here

To make reservations at the Hyatt Capitol Hill, Click Here

Sponsorship Opportunities for VOR's 2017 Annual Meeting!

Help us to help our loved ones and their families.

This year's Annual Meeting and Legislative Initiative are crucial to the future of Intermediate Care Facilities, Sheltered Workshops, Medicaid Services, and Guardianship.We need you to join our ongoing campaign to stop Federal Agencies, Protection & Advocacy, and DD Councils from taking away the options that make life better for so many individuals with I/DD.

Click here to learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities!

Click here to become a sponsor on line!

Donate to the Ohio Ball v. Kasich Legal Defense Fund

To Donate to the Ball v. Kasich Legal Defense Fund, please Click Here

VOR has established a fund to receive contributions from Ohioans who wish to donate to a legal defense of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) whose individual rights, interests and wishes are at risk as a result of claims asserted in the class action suit filed by Disability Rights Ohio (DRO). Monies collected will be used for legal fees relating to representation in connection with the lawsuit.

Celebrating the 17th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

Opportunities and Choices

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) issued press releases celebrating the 17th Anniversary of the Olmstead decision. VOR shares their view that there is much to celebrate in opening doors to community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are able and wish to take advantage of such opportunities. Unfortunately, their ideological preoccupation with one key part of Olmstead, community integration, at the expense of the other key part, choice, has reduced options for all people with I/DD. This crimped and, VOR would submit, inaccurate application of the plain language of Olmstead has done significant harm to many of our most disabled citizens.