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.
Executive Director of the Vantage Group Rick Pittman is standing in front of a rare group. They include the founders Sam and Ruth Teitelman. Other parents, including women like Deb Selden, whose son benefited from the Tieleman's pioneering efforts on behalf of the disabled. Selden's son received early educational intervention before that concept was even mainstream. Also in the audience are current clients who are now employed. There is the Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Serivces Dr. Terence Macy. There are board members and employees.
All, Pittman hammers, have to look to the future. Here are the five reasons why. Without their direct support, including good ideas, the happiness and sense of safety clients enjoy are at risk. A big piece of the future has to include creative fundraising and technology. The groups homes have to become totally smart houses. Training and education have to be delivered through digital links. The tech community could play a major role by creating apps to make the daily lives of the disabled easier, while being cost-efficient.