A day in the life of a single mom raising a teenager and a child with autism. I believe that it's not what we receive, but what we give away that defines us. I want to give away all that I have learned and experienced in hopes that it will help families raising a child with autism or any disability. This is my candid journal where I open up my world and share my joys, knowledge, lessons, disappointments, challenges, frustrations, fears and successes - one day at a time.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Do You Live In 1 of the 10 Best States For People With Disabilities?
The 10 Best States For People With Disabilities Was A Surprise to Me!
I expected California to do better. At the sametime I've been watching families face more and more challenges identifying and getting services. Frightening. Maybe a move will be in our future.
So, what does it take for a state to foster a comfortable and safe
environment for people with disabilities?
According to the United Cerebral Palsy’s most
recent ranking of the best states for people with disabilities, there are five
distinct categories. It requires promoting independence, keeping families
together, encouraging productivity, reaching those in need and tracking
health, safety and quality of life.
The 2015 Case for Inclusion report came back with some
disappointing figures. Waiting lists for residential and community services
remain high and unemployment rates have increased among this demographic.
Still, a number of states have made some marked improvement, and
these are the 10 best for people living with intellectual or developmental
Ohio "dramatically" increased the number of individuals and resources committed to serving the disability community and cut the
number of people being served in large institutions by more than half,
according to the 2015 Case for Inclusion report. It rose from No. 48 in 2007,
to No. 10 in 2015.
The report found that improving conditions for
people with disabilities doesn't necessarily require enormous wealth. South
Carolina was the 44th poorest state, based on median income, yet it was No. 9
in terms of quality of life for people with disabilities.
Washington, D.C. is
one of 14 states that reported having no state institutions that seclude people
with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Minnesota is among 14
states that offers support services to a large number of families caring for a
relative with disabilities. Such programs allow families to stay together and
enable people with disabilities to live in a community setting, according to
the 2015 Case for Inclusion report.
Colorado is one of eight states that are top
performers in the “home-like setting standard" category. That means that
80 percent of people with disabilities live in their own home, a family home,
or group setting that has fewer than four residents.
Hawaii is one of 10
states where at least 10 percent of people with disabilities use self-directed
services, according to the 2015 Case for Inclusion report. That means they have
more control, and are more involved in decision-making matters, when it comes
to their Medicaid services.
Since 1960, 220 state
institutions have closed. By next year, 16 more are expected to be shuttered,
which include two in New York. Activists often argue that such large
institutions segregate people with disabilities from society and also aren't
cost efficient, Amber Smock wrote in a blog post for American Association of People with Disabilities.
Missouri jumped from No. 41 in 2007 to No. 3
this year by increasing the amount of resources allocated to people with
disabilities and closing six state institutions, among other noteworthy
Maryland is one of just eight states where at
least 33 percent of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities are
working in competitive employment. That’s down from 10 stateslast year, according to the 2015
Case of Inclusion report.
While Arizona ranked No. 1 overall, the 2015
Case for Inclusion report called on the state to still work toward making the
state even more accessible for people with disabilities by promoting
productivity, a category it came in at No. 41.