This morning, the ANCOR Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) published The Case for Inclusion 2021: A Special Report on the Sustainability of Community Disability Services in America.
Published annually since 2006, the Case for Inclusion has traditionally served as a quantitative assessment of how well state programs are supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to be included in the community. But whereas previous reports have typically offered a comprehensive assessment of how all 50 States and the District of Columbia are faring across more than five dozen distinct measures, the best available data inevitably does not yet account for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disability programs.
As a result, ANCOR and UCP decided on a different approach this year, opting to publish a special report examining the impact of the pandemic on community disability services and the policies that are needed in order to emerge from the pandemic in a way that ensures people with IDD have the options and resources needed to live, work and thrive in the community.
The Case for Inclusion 2021 Special Report examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated longstanding crises in the field of community disability supports. For example...