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“The pandemic set in motion some positive shifts in the landscape of services available
to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says the 2023 Case for Inclusion report documenting the situation for people with disabilities. “New and new uses of technology made possible the expansion of remote supports, for example, while temporary funding increases enabled direct support professionals to see the first meaningful increase in median wages in nearly a decade. Nevertheless, so much remains the same. A dire recruitment and retention crisis in the direct support workforce looms large. So too do substantial disparities between people of color and white people, both among people with disabilities and the professionals who make their access to the community possible. Meanwhile, we continue to see significant deficiencies in our ability to fully understand these disparities due to an ongoing dearth of data. If these situations have changed, they have done so only by their order of magnitude. As this year’s Case for Inclusion illustrates, a situation we have long feared is now being born out in the data: people with IDD are increasingly unable to access the services they need. At alarming rates, providers are
turning away new referrals and discontinuing existing services due to a lack of staffing. In turn, people are having to travel significant distances or forgo services altogether because even when their state approves them to pursue services, too few providers exist to offer them.” Case for Inclusion report, 2023.

Jeanne Pinder

Jeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded...