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More than seven million people in the United States have some form of intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD).

For these citizens, significant improvements in opportunity, accessibility, and equal rights have been realized in the past few decades—but there remains ample opportunity to change the way disability is viewed in the United States, and to influence policies impacting everything from healthcare to education to fundamental civil rights.

We invite you to consider the statistics below, and to join us in raising our voices in support of people with disabilities.

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  • Among all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Arkansas ranks 50th in delivering Medicaid services to those with I/DD. 

    The Case For Inclusion 2019. United Celebral Palsy and ANCOR Foundation.

  • In Arkansas, 4,000 individuals with I/DDs receive Medicaid support; 3,000 more are on a decade-long waiting list.

    The Case For Inclusion 2019. United Celebral Palsy and ANCOR Foundation.

  • To fully address the current needs of individuals with I/DD would require the Medicaid program in Arkansas to grow 77%.​

    The Case For Inclusion 2019. United Celebral Palsy and ANCOR Foundation.

  • Working-age adults with disabilities are four times more likely to live with significantly low or very low food security than adults without disabilities.

    The Case For Inclusion 2019. United Celebral Palsy and ANCOR Foundation.

  • While the national average for Supplemental Security Income—which 4.8 million adults with I/DD rely on as their only source of income—is $763 per month, the national average monthly rent for a basic one-bedroom apartment is $861.

    Priced Out. 2017.

  • The number of adults with I/DDs aged 60 and older is projected to nearly double from 641,860 to 1.2 million by 2030.

    Today's Geriatric Medicine, May/June 2013, Vol. 6 - No. 3, P. 22.