The Case for Inclusion 2019

For Advocates

The Case for Inclusion puts each state’s progress in serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) into a national context. It is intended to help advocates and policymakers understand:

  • How their state performs overall in serving individuals with I/DD.
  • What services and outcomes need attention and improvement in their state.
  • Which states are top performers in key areas, so advocates and officials in those top-performing states can act as a resource for those states desiring to improve in key areas.

Advocates should use this information to educate other advocates, providers, families and individuals, policymakers and state administrations on key achievements and areas needing improvement within each state. The facts and figures can support policy reforms and frame debates about resource allocation for the ID/DD population. Advocates can also use the information to prioritize those areas that need the most immediate attention and use the facts to support adequate and ongoing funding to maintain high quality outcomes, eliminate waiting lists and close large institutions.

Elected officials should use this report as a guiding document on which issues in their communities need time and attention and, possibly, additional resources or more inclusive state policies to improve outcomes for individuals with I/DD.

Those within federal and state administrations should use this report to put their work and accomplishments in context, and to chart a course for the next focus area in the quest for continuous improvement and improved quality of life. UCP also advocates that government agencies should replicate this data reporting in more detail at the state and county level to identify areas of excellence and to target critical issues needing attention.

Additional Advocacy Resources

  • Case Studies: The Case for Inclusion 2019 includes Lessons from the Field that provide insight into how states achieved important victories for their constituents with I/DD, plus guidance on what other states can learn from those efforts. Visit the Case Studies page for more information.
  • ANCOR Amplifier: The ANCOR Amplifier is a one-stop shop for learning more and taking action on policy priorities that better enable providers to serve people with I/DD in the community. Get started today at
  • Included. Supported. Empowered. campaign: A project of the ANCOR Foundation, this three-year public awareness initiative is designed to lift up the stories of success of people with I/DD and the providers who make success possible. Join the campaign today at
  • White Paper on the DSP Workforce Crisis: “Addressing the Disability Services Workforce Crisis of the 21st Century” outlines the scope of the shortage of DSPs and its impact on I/DD supports and services. Download the white paper today.

Interested in how we can support your advocacy at the federal level? Get in touch! Please email Esmé Grewal, Vice President for Government Relations at ANCOR, at