The Case for Inclusion 2019

About the Case for Inclusion

Since 2006, the Case for Inclusion has been a leading source for data and policy recommendations regarding the effectiveness of state Medicaid programs in serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. The most comprehensive report of its kind, the Case for Inclusion gives lawmakers, advocates and other disability champions a sense of the scope of the challenges we face—a necessary first step to creating a roadmap for how to drive progress in the states to ensure that people with IDD can live, work and thrive in the community.

About United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services through an international network of affiliate organizations to ensure life without limits for people with disabilities. UCP has a mission to be the indispensable resource for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, their families and their communities. UCP’s 56 affiliates in the US and two in Canada provide services to about 155,000 children and adults on an annual basis—one person at a time, one family at a time. For more information, visit

About ANCOR & the ANCOR Foundation

For more than 50 years, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) has been a leading advocate for the critical role service providers play in enriching the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As the 501(c)3 charitable arm of ANCOR, the ANCOR Foundation exists to expand the commitment and capacity of providers and communities dedicated to improving quality of life for people with disabilities. For more information, visit


UCP and the ANCOR Foundation extend deep gratitude to the lead authors of the Case for Inclusion 2021 Special Report: Donna Martin, ANCOR and Catherine Thibedeau, Independence Advocates of Maine. Significant contributions were made by members of the Case for Inclusion Steering Committee, to whom we extend our deep gratitude: Ann Coffey, UCP Oregon; Colleen Crispino, UCP of Long Island; Lydia Dawson, Idaho Association of Community Providers; Mike Foddrill, UCP Association of Greater Indianapolis; Anne Hindrichs, McMains Children’s Development Center; and Yadira Holmes, Consumer Direct Care Network.

Deep gratitude is also due to the slate of consultants who contributed their expertise to this report and its dissemination. We wish to thank Heather Scott, Zoe PiSierra, Maya Solarana, Erin Dennis and Giovanna Sheerin of BerlinRosen for the development and execution of the public outreach strategy; Michael Walker and Jason Melancon of Data Made Useful for the development of the Case for Inclusion website and accompanying data applications; and Karyn Baskette of Yondee Designs for the design and layout of the report.

Finally, the Case for Inclusion would not be possible without the valuable contributions of several staff, consultants and volunteers from UCP and the ANCOR Foundation. From UCP, we are grateful for the efforts of Armando Contreras, Anita Porco, Fernanda Morrison and James Garcia. From the ANCOR Foundation, we are grateful for the efforts of Barbara Merrill, Shannon McCracken, Gabrielle Sedor, Jerri McCandless, Marie Campos, André Floyd and Sean Luechtefeld.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Case for Inclusion, including inquiries about the report, this website and/or the data included herein, please contact Sean Luechtefeld via email or by phone at 571.207.9108.