The Case for Inclusion provides sub-rankings for each of the five major categories for a deeper understanding of each state's performance within each area. As always, the rankings in this report are a snapshot in time. Most data from the 2013 report is from 2011, which is the most recent data available from credible, national sources. All data is sourced directly from the states to the federal government, and in response to public surveys. 2013 report comparisons are from 2007 rather than 2006, because that year's index was slightly different.

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An Analysis of Medicaid Outcomes for Americans with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) releases The Case for Inclusion each year, tracking the progress of community living standards for Americans living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The report examines data and outcomes for all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC), ranking each on a set of key indicators, including how people with disabilities live and participate in their communities, if they are satisfied with their lives, and how easily the services and supports they need are accessed. By taking these factors into account, UCP is able to develop a comprehensive analysis of each state's progress or failures in providing critical services to individuals living with disabilities.

The findings for 2013 reveal that: 1) All states have room for some improvement, but some have consistently remained at the bottom of the rankings; 2) Despite economic strains, many states have made real improvements in the quality of services being provided; 3) There is still work to be done in ensuring that people with ID/DD can enjoy the same freedoms and quality of life as all Americans.

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