Medicaid affects all of us: children and adults with disabilities, as we age, as our family ages, and when the unexpected happens. UCP’s annual report, The Case for Inclusion, ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) on 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;
- Just 10 states have at least one-third (33 percent) of individuals with ID/DD working in competitive employment— showing significant opportunity for improvement in employing people with disabilities;
- Waiting lists for residential and community services are high, demonstrating the unmet need of people with disabilities and their families.
There were also several major enhancements made to this year’s report, in response to feedback from UCP affiliates, policymakers and advocates asking for more person-centered measures to showcase if and how individuals are faring as an active part of their community. Specifically, we examined the following issues related to inclusion:
- Are individuals still isolated at their non-institutional home? Are they lonely? Do they have meaningful relationships and friends?
- Are individuals stuck in their residence, or do they regularly go out into the community and have an active and social presence in their neighborhoods?
- Are individuals getting healthier since good health is key to a high quality of life?
You can use this interactive website to:
Compare state & national data
View state scorecards to determine individual state performance
Advocate for areas needing improvement & promote key achievements
Learn more about the highest-ranking states and how they achieved their successes
Download the full 2014 report
Access past reports