Even a year ago, we couldn’t have fathomed just how deeply troubling the direct support workforce crisis would get as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the broader labor economy. Now, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the providers on which they rely are wresting with the convergence of dual crises that have pushed turnover and vacancy rates to historic highs.
The good news is that the latest edition of the Case for Inclusion—whichreveals the shaky ground on which we stand in this moment—also provides a clear path forward for putting community services on surer footing. The Case for Inclusion 2022: Blazing Trails to Sustainability for Community Disability Services will be released on Tuesday, March 8. To mark the occasion, join UCP, ANCOR and the ANCOR Foundation for our national launch webinar, March 8 at 1 pm EST. During this webinar, authors of this year’s report and other experts will highlight how dual crises are affecting the everyday lives of the people we support and discuss how advocates can use the Case for Inclusion to blaze trails to a more sustainable service delivery system.
This webinar is free, but space is limited and advanced registration is required. If you are interested in attending the webinar but unavailable on March 8 at 1 pm EST, please register to so that you receive the recording after the webinar concludes.
Armando Contreras, President & CEO, United Cerebral Palsy
Colleen Crispino, President & CEO, UCP of Long Island
Lydia Dawson, Director of Policy, Regulatory & Legal Analysis, ANCOR
Robert Espinoza, Vice President, Policy, PHI
James Garcia, Communications Coordinator, United Cerebral Palsy
Barry Jardini, Executive Director, California Disability Services Association
Barbara Merrill, Chief Executive Officer, ANCOR
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