Turnover for Direct Support Staff for Americans with Disabilities Reaches ‘Crisis’ Level

shared courtesy of The Hill

Washington D.C. – The number of workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities integrated into the workforce has largely plateaued in the past year, and the national turnover rate for those providing direct support for such people is nearing 45 percent, according to a Thursday report from the ANCOR Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP).

The groups’ 2020 edition of their Case for Inclusion report, exclusively provided to The Hill, found that the percentage of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in integrated employment — that is, those working alongside abled people and earning market-driven wages — increased only 1 percentage point to 20 percent over the past year.

The report found that nationwide, 127,000 people with I/DD worked in competitive employment, compared to 124,000 the year before. The number of states with at least one third of I/DD residents participating in competitive employment increased from seven in 2019 to 10 in the most recent report.

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