The value of Va.'s disability centers
By Jack Bruggeman
The July 22 Metro article “ ‘We should close them all’ ” highlighted an unfortunate division between parents and guardians of Virginia residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
I am the co-guardian of my sister, Cathy, who has been a resident of the Northern Virginia Training Center for more than 20 years. She is profoundly disabled, requiring around-the-clock care. NVTC has provided extraordinary care for Cathy, and she leads a full life there and at her day-support program, Central Fairfax Services.
The primary focus of all parents and guardians should not be on fighting with each other over the meager resources provided by the state but rather on pushing Virginia to provide more funding for services for all those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. According to the publication “The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities,” Virginia ranked 45th among the 50 states and the District in spending for these services.
The writer is a member of the board of the Parents and Associates of the Northern Virginia Training Center.
| July 25, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
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