Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, community-based providers of disability services faced a range of challenges and crises that for years have led to stagnation and even regression in the diverse range of outcomes tracked by the annual Case for Inclusion. Now, these challenges—and the underlying inadequacies in the structure of the disability support system in the U.S.—are being amplified significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic.
If there has been a silver lining, it is simply that national attention is finally being paid to these issues in unprecedented ways. But where do we go from here? That question will anchor a discussion among experts and advocates on Monday, February 22 from 1-2:30 pm EST to mark the release of the Case for Inclusion 2021. Advanced registration is required, and all registrants will receive access to a recording of the event.
Ronnie Polaneczky, The UpSide Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Bernard Baker, President, Board of Directors, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
Ann Coffey, Executive Director, UCP of Oregon
Armando Contreras, President & CEO, United Cerebral Palsy
Charlie Luke, Executive Director, Utah Association of Community Services
Donna Martin, Director, State Partnerships & Special Projects, ANCOR
Barbara Merrill, CEO, ANCOR
This event is free and, although it has been specially designed for members of the ANCOR and UCP communities, members of the public are invited.