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Monday, October 3, 2016

United Cerebral Palsy’s 2016 Report " Ranks States Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

United Cerebral Palsy’s  2016 report "The Case for Inclusion" ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) on service outcomes for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

This year’s report shows that:
  • All states have room for some improvement, but some have consistently remained at the bottom of the rankings since 2007;
  • Waiting lists for residential and community services remain high, demonstrating the unmet need of people with disabilities and their families;
  • 10 states, up from 8 last year, have at least one-third (33 percent) of individuals with ID/DD working in competitive employment — returning to the same level as in 2014;
  • 15 states report successfully placing at least 60 percent of individuals in vocational rehabilitation in jobs. No states met the standard on all three success measures this year.
The report finds almost 350,000 people in th USA are on waiting lists for community-based services,  Also an increasing number of states (18) have very little or no wait.

Arizona has taken the number one spot for the fifth year on the list. Arkansas, Once again Illinois, Mississippi and Texas have consistently performed poorly in the ranking since 2007, with Montana rounded out the bottom five on the list this year.

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Illinois Caregivers crisis by the numbers
  • 220,000: Estimated number of people with disabilities living in Illinois
  • 32,732: Estimated number of Illinois residents with disabilities living with caregivers 60 or older
  • 18,671: People with disabilities on the waiting list for state services
  • $2,000: Maximum assets people with disabilities can have in order to receive government benefits
  • 225: Parents reached by the Parent Support Program at DayOne PACT in Lisle since early 2015
  • 47: Illinois' rank for how well Medicaid programs serve people with disabilities
  • 21 years and 364 days: When Illinois students with disabilities are no longer eligible for public school services
Sources: 2015 State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities report by the University of Colorado; Illinois Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services list; Oak Wealth Advisors; DayOne PACT; 2015 Case for Inclusion report by United Cerebral Palsy

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