Washington DC, Virginia, MaryLand (PRWEB) May 30, 2013
M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC, recently posted an analysis and discussion of the United Cerebral Palsy Association’s The Case for Inclusion 2013 report on their company blog. According to the Washington, D.C. special needs planning company, the report’s results are mixed, but they do indicate that there is still significant work to be done when it comes to providing services to individuals with disabilities.
The United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCP) is an international advocate for individuals with disabilities. The Case for Inclusion report is released annually, and is intended to act as a snapshot of individual state performance in terms of the Medicaid programs and services offered to Americans with disabilities. According to the Case for Inclusion’s website, the report “examines data and outcomes for all 50 states and D.C., ranking each on a set of key indicators, including how people with disabilities live and participate in their communities, if they are satisfied with their lives, and how easily the services and supports they need are accessed.” It also ranks individual states based on their performance and in comparison to the performance of other states. Those states which have performed particularly well are identified in the hopes that their policies and practices are replicated.
The report’s results indicate that all states have room to improve, however there are states that remain consistently at the bottom of the rankings. The UCP does note that despite economic restraints, many states have improved the services they offer individuals with disabilities.For example, although 38 states now meet the “80/80” rule (UCP identifies this as a community standard meaning that 80% of all individuals with disabilities are served in the community, and 80% of all resources spent on those with disabilities are for community support), the number of states which have at least one-third of the population with intellectual and developmental disabilities employed in competitive positions has dropped to 10 (down from last year’s count of 17).
Arizona was ranked as the top performing state for 2013, followed by New Hampshire and Oregon. Mississippi was ranked last at 51, with Arkansas being ranked at 50, and Texas at 49.
M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC recommends that Americans interested in viewing their state’s performance visit the Case for Inclusion website, where the data used to compile the report is organized in a searchable index. Those wishing to find out information on individual states can visit the State Scorecards, while others who wish to see how well each state performed compared to other states can have a look at the state ranking map. Visitors to this website can also compare state and national data, advocate for areas needing improvement, and download the reports from previous years.
Both M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC and the UCP urge Americans to use this report and its findings in their own individual advocacy efforts. The information in this report can be used to educate others about the services and programs offered to Americans through Medicaid, to help acquire and extend funding for programs which currently offer programs and services to Americans with disabilities, and to support policy reforms and fuel debates about improvements that must be made to the allocation of resources for individuals with disabilities.
M&L Special Needs Planning. LLC is devoted to ensuring that all families and individuals with special needs have access to information that is current and relevant to the special needs community. Through analyzing reports such as the Case for Inclusion and discussing them via blog posts and workshops, these certified financial planners strive to educate families and provide them with the tools and resources to plan an happy, healthy and prosperous future. Those wishing to learn more on this topic and others can visit the M&L Special Needs Planning. LLC website and are encouraged to contact them for more information.
Maedi Tanham Carney, CFPR©, CWIC
M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC
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