Thursday, June 27, 2013

Disability Services: Where does your state rank?


In an article posted by Disability Scoop Author MICHELLE DIAMENT , Arizona is the place to be when it comes to services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a new national ranking. United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) releases The Case for Inclusion each year, tracking the progress of community living standards for Americans living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The report examines data and outcomes for all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC), ranking each on a set of key indicators, including how people with disabilities live and participate in their communities, if they are satisfied with their lives, and how easily the services and supports they need are accessed. By taking these factors into account, UCP is able to develop a comprehensive analysis of each state's progress or failures in providing critical services to individuals living with disabilities.

The findings for the 2013 report from the UCP website reveal: 1) All states have room for some improvement, but some have consistently remained at the bottom of the rankings; 2) Despite economic strains, many states have made real improvements in the quality of services being provided; 3) There is still work to be done in ensuring that people with ID/DD can enjoy the same freedoms and quality of life as all Americans. The report provides state scorecards and other data on each states performance. To see where your state ranks we invite you to discover the UCP website to view your states scorecard.