Pennsylvania Improving Services for People With Disabilities, Report Says

by Kate Giammarise and Jill Daly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 14, 2019

photo by Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – By supporting more people with disabilities living in home and community-based settings, and having fewer people on waiting lists for services, Pennsylvania has improved its policies that aid people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a new report from two national advocacy organizations.

The annual report, “The Case for Inclusion,” ranks state performance for people with disabilities in five areas: promoting independence, promoting productivity, keeping families together, serving those in need, and tracking health and quality of life.

The report ranked Pennsylvania 19th among states in efforts to promote inclusion.

“Pennsylvania is making good strides,” said Nancy Murray, president of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA.

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