5 Best and Worst States for the Disabled Updated for 2015

best and worst states for disabled

best and worst states for disabled

Not too long ago, I published two posts: one about the 5 states with the best services for the disabled and the other about the 5 worst states.  They were actually pretty popular posts!  

Since the list for 2015 has officially been released and is now available, I decided to publish, just for you, an updated post with links to all the latest information about, not only the 5 best and worst states for the disabled, but for every state!

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You might want to check out how each state ranks:

  • If you are a person with a disability or care for someone with a disability and are contemplating relocating to another state.
  • If you want to move to a state that offers better services than the one you’re living in.
  • If you want to know how you can get involved in making your own state a better place for the disabled to live in.

All the information you need to make an informed, educated decision about relocating to a new state or advocating to improve your present state is in The Case for Inclusion 2015 report from United Cerebral Palsy.

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So without further adieu, I give you the 5 best and 5 worst States!

BEST STATES:

1-Arizona

2-Maryland

3-Missouri

4-New York

5-Hawaii

WORST STATES:

51-Mississippi

50-Texas

49-Arkansas

48-Montana

47-Illinois

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The Case for Inclusion report lists information about how well each state is performing in providing services that assist people with disabilities to:

  • Live as independently as possible in their own homes and participate in community activities.
  • Live satisfying lives as valued members of their communities.
  • Acquire access to services that will support them in attaining their desired lifestyles.
  • Live in safe and healthy environments.

The information in this report is useful for informing and educating advocates, officials, and policymakers to:

  • Check how well their State is performing in providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • See what services they offer and the outcomes thereof need attention and improvement.
  • See which states are top performers in selected key areas and use them as models to improve their state’s services and ranking.

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One thing is certain: There is still room for improvement in every single state.

  • Only 14 States report that they are supporting a large portion of families with family support services.
  • Only 14 States report  at least 60 percent of individuals with disabilities have been successfully placed in vocational rehabilitation.
  • Only 8 states report having at least 33 percent of individuals with disabilities working in competitive employment.
  • Most states have a waiting list for services. In fact, more than 322,000 people, which is actually 5,000 more than last year, are on a waiting list for Home and Community-Based Services

The Case Studies page provides detailed strategies on how to eliminate states’ waiting lists for services.

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How does your state rate? Did its performance improve or get worse?

I was happy to find that NY has moved up from #5 to #4 on the list, so I guess we’ll stay put right here for now!

Now if Gov. Cuomo would just hurry up and sign those “emergency access to medical marijuana for children” bills, everything would be pretty close to perfect right here in NYS!!

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You might also be interested in:
Self Determination Services for the Disabled in NYS
9 Ways you can Advocate for the Disabled and Resources

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13 Replies to “5 Best and Worst States for the Disabled Updated for 2015

        1. That’s going to be hard. Are there any other kinds of supports, services, or programs that she might be eligible for? I hope you can find something meaningful for her to do to keep her occupied and engaged.

  1. Thanks for sharing this information. I look forward to reading more on the website. I’m not very impressed with Virginia coming in at #41.

    1. I know! We were actually thinking about moving there because med. marijuana is legal, But we’d probably have to wait years to get services that might not even be that great once we got them!

    2. We are moving to the DC area and considering either VA or MD; I see that MD ranked # 2 and have spoke with Fairfax County, VA and am aware of the waiver issue, does anyone know how great MD is in regards to services that it was #2?

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