Katie had called a State Development Center her home since October 1966 when she was 13 years old. She was diagnosed with PKU (Phenylketonuria-inherited error of metabolism in which phenylalanine accumulates in the blood and is excreted in the urine because of a missing enzyme) in December 1954 when she was 2-1/2 years old. Vagthol’s-Burbank, a level 4 home, is her first community placement. She moved in on October 6, 1996, after two pre-placement visits and two overnight visits to ...Continue Reading → Share
The Successful Adaption of an Untreated PKU Adult from a State Development Center to Community Residential Living
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Viewpoint Article “Sylvia Lee Builds the Way for Employment Opportunities for People with Significant Disabilities” Fall/Winter 2007
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The following article was posted in Viewpoint’s Fall/Winter 2007 Newsletter about a client at Vagthol’s! It was an inspirational story we would like to share again.
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In April 2005, just two years shy of celebrating her 60th birthday, Sylvia Lee moved out of Fairview Developmental Center, her residence of 45 years, into the Koch-Vagthol’s Metabolic Residential Center in Burbank.
Lee was born with PKU (Phenylketonuria), a rare, inherited metabolic disease that results in mental retardation and other neurological problems when treatment is ...
At one time or another, we’ve all found ourselves driving by a group of people and wondering about their story–“Do they live around her?” “Are they tourists?” “What brought them here?” And then we drive on, never knowing the answer to our questions.
But what happens when you take the time to stop and ind out? Nine years ago, Chip Houghton, co-founder of Imaginary Forces, did just that. He shares, “Every day on my drive from the Westside to Hollywood, I’d ...Continue Reading → Share