Friday, August 5, 2011

Families Offer Varying Views on Va. Disability Care Options

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The state's final public hearing on institutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities this week brought out impassioned parents, relatives and advocates on both sides of a complex issue.

Some see large institutions, such as Lynchburg's Central Virginia Training Center, the largest and oldest, as needlessly segregating Virginians with disabilities from the rest of society.

They also say institutions' costly care — estimated at several thousand more than equivalent services in the community — are a drain on funding that could be used to move those training center residents into any number of community settings.

And it could help pay for thousands on waiting lists to receive services in their communities.

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