The National Council on Disability released Strength in Our Differences, its annual disability policy report on the state of disability policy in the United States. The report is organized into four major issue areas: ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), economic empowerment, health care and access to medical treatment, and community integration. The report includes a number of recommendations designed to address barriers to inclusion and full participation in society for the President and Congress to consider.
Last week, the 2013 edition of UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children was released. This year’s publication is entitled Children with Disabilities, and examines the discrimination and deprivations that these children and their families confront. The report describes the progress that is being made, albeit unevenly, in ensuring that children with disabilities have the fair access to services and opportunities that is their right. The report also urges governments, their international partners, civil society, and employers to take concrete steps to advance the cause of inclusion – as a matter of equity and for the benefit of all. Download the PDF version of the report.
United Cerebral Palsy released its annual report “Case for Inclusion 2011: An Analysis of Medicaid for Americans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” The report ranks states on several factors including the percentage of Medicaid devoted to home and community based services, the number of people in supported or integrated employment, and the size of their waiting lists for services. Among the key findings: 1) there still remain162 large state institutions (only one closed since last year’s report), housing 32,909 Americans; 2) waiting lists have increased dramatically overall, but performance is quite mixed by state. The report is available at: