Ann Knighton: Grateful for VOR


Mary Vitale: Grateful for VOR


Jason Kinzler's Story

  Recently, CBS Channel 6 (WTVR) in Richmond, Virginia featured Jason Kinzler and his life at Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC), a state-operated ICF/IID (Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities). The news report touches upon the debate over where people with disabilities are best served, but prominently features Jason Kinzler and the "community" he enjoys at NVTC. Jason's parents, Peter Kinzler (Chair, VOR Legislative Committee) and Jane Anthony (VOR State Coordinator), are interviewed throughout the coverage. They do a great job explaining the need for NVTC for their son and the need for a continuum of care to accommodate all needs.

   It is Jason's joy and comfort, however, that conveys more than words that he is truly home at NVTC.

    Jason is the "Face of VOR." He and his peers around the country who require specialized, high quality, life-sustaining ICF/IID supports are who motivate VOR's advocacy. For 27-years, we have championed individual rights to choose residential services and supports that meet individualized needs.



Seth's Care: A snapshot of his day

Meet Seth. He is the son of Sybil and Russ Finken. Sybil is VOR's co-President. In this short video, you will see a small snapshot of his significant care needs, provided with compassion at Glenwood Resource Center, a public ICF/IID* in Glenwood, Iowa.
*Medicaid-licensed Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

The Top Three Misperceptions of ICFs/IID

Source: Studio 5, Salt Lake City

[ICFs/IID = Medicaid-Licensed Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities]

Misperception #1: ICFs/IID are similar to nursing homes.

Reality: ICFs/ID provide services specifically designed to protect the health and welfare of people coping with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities.

Misperception #2: ICFs/IID are like warehouses where people are trapped and isolated.

Reality: ICFs/IID go beyond the label 'warehouse' and instead involve caring communities where services and support are given individually.

Misperception #3: Staff at ICFs/IID are short staffed and receive inadequate training to deal with the intellectually disabled.

Reality: Staff are regulated and trained to provide individual care in a friendly, caring environment; and train the intellectually disabled to be an active part of the community in which they live; to be able to learn what they need to in order to live as independently as possible.

For more information about information about Utah's Mission Health Services' ICFs/IID call 801-282-0686, or watch this video. Seeing is believing.


Utah Health Care Association: ICFs/IID

Source: Studio 5, Salt Lake City

Located in nearly every state, Utah’s ICFs/IID (Medicaid-licensed Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities), provide loving environments, enriching learning opportunities and meaningful vocational programs that are crucial for the continued development of life skills, independence and overall quality of life.  

Unfortunately, there are myths and mistruths related to Utah's ICFs/IID. For the facts about the benefits, professional care and personal support services provided to individuals with intellectual disabilities, and family testimonials, click here.

We encourage you to visit a local ICF/IID. In Utah, contact the Utah Health Care Association (801-486-6100). Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for tour opportunities in other states. Meanwhile, watch this video for more information about Utah's ICFs/IID. Seeing is believing.

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