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.
Here is a live interview with founder Sam Teitelman.
ST: When I think about what this organization is now doing, I am overwhelmed. The board and leadership are committed. They are identifying the needs of each resident. Then they try to accomplish overcoming the problem.
JG: How about the future?
ST: The only thing I would hope is that it doesn't get too big to be managed efficiently. That is a challenge. That's because it is the inclination for organizations to grow.
The question is: How big is big enough?
JG: How is Philip doing?
ST: Quite well. He does have serious problems. For example, he has no language but he is in a place where people care and the programs are in-place. It is painful to us to live with his profound limitations. But he is happy. And he is responding well to what is offered.
ST: Yes. The model at that time was an institutional model. Philip participated in the litigation against Mansfield Training. We knew that all this was not serving anyone's needs. I knew that a family model like Vantage Group's could be created. And it certainly has been effective.