General News

2017 Compendium of Disability Statistics Released

This annually released collection of disability statistics published by various federal agencies is intended to facilitate evidence-based decision making in disability policies and services. Statistics are available on a wide range of issues related to the population of people with disabilities, including employment, earnings, health, education, and more.

Report: America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy

The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) released this report focused on the direct support professional (DSP) workforce, which plays a key role in supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and their family members, often enabling them to maintain employment and community participation. The report describes the current state of the DSP workforce as a "crisis," noting that the average DSP worker’s wage is $10.72, most work two or three jobs, and the average annual DSP turnover rate is 45%.

“'Our Lives Are at Stake.' How Donald Trump Inadvertently Sparked a New Disability Rights Movement”

This article reports on “a new wave of activism” among people with disabilities concerned about recent shifts in federal policy.