PHILADELPHIA, PA. – Today, The Arc and MediSked released the 2018 Disability Data Digest during The Arc’s Summer Leadership Institute. The Data Digest is a compilation of the latest statistics from the disability field, displayed in an easy to read infographic format.
In the age of information, it can be difficult to discern what data is reliable, relevant, timely, and accurate. This resource provides a snapshot of today’s disability community and highlights the areas in which progress has been made toward achieving parity in access to opportunity and basic human rights, while also delineating the many challenges that still face individuals with I/DD in striving for inclusion and equality.
In addition to providing an overview of data related to the disability community, this report is also a tool with which disability rights advocates, policy makers, practitioners, and self-advocates can create data-driven arguments that can further the local and national disability rights agendas. This is why we have included a fact sheet at the end of this report that is linked to resources and databases which contain state-specific data to support local-level advocacy campaigns. We encourage you to use these resources in your advocacy efforts. The topics in the report include:
- Socio-Economic Profile
- Independence and Decision-Making
- Living in the Community
- Long Term Supports and Services
- Direct Support Professional Crisis
- Family Caregiving and Natural Supports
- Disability and the Justice System
About The Arc
The Arc advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of nearly 650 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.
Founded in 2003, MediSked is the trusted partner to human services organizations across the country, delivering integrated technology solutions and expertise to improve outcomes and cost efficacy in long term service and supports delivery for state and county oversight, payers, care coordination entities and provider agencies. Working collaboratively with its clients and partners, MediSked has developed a full-featured software ecosystem, which includes the statewide data aggregation tools required to support CMS Final Rule transition plans, the capabilities needed to deliver conflict-free case management, and innovations to drive operational efficiencies and improve population outcomes. MediSked is committed to its mission to be the leading brand in holistic solutions that improve lives, drive efficiencies and generate innovations for the human services organizations that support our community.