Media Alert - VITA Hosts Series of Lectures with Experts in Special Needs Care

    Speakers to Address Improving Quality of Care

    TORONTO, April 9 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:     Due to government cutbacks and a series of closures to
              facilities for people with special needs over the last
              20 years, VITA, a leader in providing support and empowering
              individuals with intellectual disabilities, has experienced an
              influx of people requiring their services. As a result, VITA
              has had to constantly educate and develop the skills of their
              staff to meet the demand and provide the best service possible
              to their clients.

              To help initiate an improvement to the overall quality of care
              in this field, VITA will be hosting a series of lectures to
              increase all service providers' skills in supporting
              individuals with difficult and complex needs.

              Please join VITA Community Living Services on April 13, June 8
              and September 21, 2007 to listen to three speakers
              respectively: Dr. Ruth Ryan Myers, Dr. Dick Sobsey and Lynne
              Segal as they discuss the issues surrounding people with
              complex and dual needs.

              VITA Community Living Services provides opportunity for
              community integration, the development of socialization and
              functional life skills and promotes independent living for
              adults with intellectual disabilities. VITA is an affiliate of
              Villa Charities, an organization committed to providing
              culturally sensitive care for the elderly, assisting
              individuals with intellectual disabilities and encouraging
              community participation through fitness, culture and the arts.

    WHO:      -  Dr. Ruth Ryan Myers, MD, one of the world's leading experts
                 in dual diagnosis and service for people with significant

              -  Dr. Dick Sobsey, MD, a leading expert in violence and abuse
                 in the lives of people with disabilities.

              -  Lynn Segal, a renowned expert in providing quality service
                 to individuals with intellectual disabilities in care

    WHEN:     -  Friday April 13, 2007 - Dr. Ruth Ryan Myers
              -  Friday June 8, 2007 - Dr. Dick Sobsey, MD
              -  Friday September 21, 2007 - Lynne Seagle

              9:30 a.m. - Introduction of Speaker
              10:40 a.m. - Morning Break
              12: p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
              2:15 p.m. - Afternoon Break
              3:30 p.m. - Lecture ends

              (xx)It is suggested that Media attend the morning portion of
              the lecture(xx)

    WHERE:    AMC Theatres, Interchange 30
              30 Interchange Way
              Vaughan, ON (Hwy 400 & 7)

For further information:

For further information: to arrange an interview with a speaker or a
representative of VITA or to RSVP, please contact: Cristina Dalimonte,
MAVERICK Public Relations, (416) 640-5525 Ext. 244,;
Stephanie Engel, MAVERICK Public Relations, (416) 640-5525 Ext. 241,

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