Spread the word with your networks to promote The Case for Inclusion
The Case for Inclusion is intended to help advocates and policymakers understand:
- How their state performs overall in serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD);
- What services and outcomes need attention and improvement in their state; and
- 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.
This report puts each state's progress in serving individuals with intellectuals and developmental disabilities into a national context.
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. Lastly, advocates can 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 and states need time and attention and, possibly, additional resources or more inclusive state policies to improve outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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. The states 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.