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5 Worst States for Disability Services

5 worst states for disability services

 

5 worst states for disability services

The 5 Worst States For Disability Services and How You Can Help Improve Your State’s Ranking!

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Do you or a family member have a disability?  Are you thinking about relocating to a different State?

If you were thinking about moving to Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma, or Tennessee you just might want to reconsider that decision, because according to Case for Inclusion Report, they are the absolute 5 worst states for disability services for those with special needs and disabilities. In fact, they are on the very bottom of the list.

According to the report’s most recent statistics:

  • Mississippi: (51) Only 6.2% of people with cognitive disabilities are receiving services, 2000 are waiting for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), and 3722 are receiving family support services intended to keep families together.
  • Texas: (50)Only 3.8% of people with cognitive disabilities are receiving services, 91,354 people are waiting for HCBS, and 19,625 are receiving family support services intended to keep families together.
  • Virginia: (49) Only 3.6% of people with cognitive disabilities are receiving services, 7188 are waiting HCBS, and 3573 receive family support services intended to keep families together..
  • Oklahoma: (48) Only 5.8% of people with cognitive disabilities are being served, 6228 are waiting for HCBS, 4657 are receiving family support services intended to keep families together.
  • Tennessee: (47) Only 5.6% of people with cognitive disabilities are receiving services, 2316 are waiting for HCBS, and 4524 are receiving family support services intended to keep families together.

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) is a program of supports and services that enables adults and children with developmental disabilities to live in the community as an alternative to Intermediate Care Facilities. These services can include respite, supports for becoming more independent in the home and community, assistive technology such as communication devices and service dogs, environmental modifications such as wheel chair ramps, behavioral support, and family trainings.

If you or a loved one with disabilities have just discovered that you live in a state with poor services for the disabled, don’t be dismayed because you can use this disappointing information to your advantage and help your state’s services improve.

You can advocate and fight for better services by:

  • Using this information to educate other advocates, providers, families and individuals, policymakers and state administrations on key achievements and areas needing improvement within each state.
  • Attending Disability Advocate Trainings such as Disability Training: Program Development Associates
  • Keeping yourself informed on the issues and what’s going on in the political arena that may affect people with disabilities.
  • Contacting your lawmakers, giving them this information and making them listen to your concerns.
  • Raising awareness
  • Joining forces with disabilities rights advocacy groups such as Grow: Advocates for People With Developmental Disabilities.

You might also be interested in:
The Top 5 States With The Best Services for the Disabled

Self Determination Services for the Disabled in NYS

Please come back soon for a more detailed post on advocating for the disabled.
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