For 30 years Vantage Group Inc. , North Haven, Connecticut, has been serving the life-long needs of those with developmental disabilities in safe, comfortable settings.
All that began with the grassroots organizing of Ruth and Sam Teitelman on behalf of their son Philip. The Teitelman's conference room was their kitchen table. This anniversary celebration will be live-blogged from Amanarate, New Haven, CT.
Vantage Group's Executive Director Rick Pittman, MS, CSS will recognize those who helped create what some call "Philip's Home" and the front lines who nurture the current 70 men and women. The CT Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services Terence W. Macy, Ph.D. will give an overview of his vision for helping those with disabilities reach their potential. Here is the state's five-year plan.
But the message for the day will be that in the field of disability, just as in so many other sectors, everything is changing. To continue to be there for those with developmental disabilities, Pittman will explain, the Vantage Group will be rebranding. One model for that is how the March of Dimes rebranded after medical science found a way to prevent polio.
Pittman's five points are:
More and more individuals require some kind of support. For example, medical intervention is saving more at-risk infants who require life-long care.
Those with disabilities are aging. According to a University of Chicago study, in the U.S. there are over 600,000 over-60 with developmental disabilities. That number could grow to 1.2 million in the next 15 years.
The reality is that 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism. His stepson Shawn, 27, has autism and lives in a group home. As yet, medical science does not understand how to prevent autism.
The state, which funds services for developmental disabilities, cannot sustain the current model of service delivery. Just as in sectors ranging from business to law, a new model is needed.
New sources of funding have to be found and that money has to be managed more efficiently. Here Pittman reaches out to both those in that room at Amarante's and throughout CT to join with Vantage Group to ensure that Philip's Home is able to remain a safe, happy place for individual growth.
Here you can reach the Vantage Group.