This comprehensive report from the New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) contains valuable information that may be eye-opening for you if you live in New York State. Elsewhere, this might also suggest many interesting questions about how your state population compares. Some highlights are listed below, and many more interesting details are available in the full report, available for download from the links below.

2012 NYSILC Needs Assessment Report

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) Needs Assessment Committee (NAC), facilitated by consultant Alan Krieger of Krieger Solutions, spent six months compiling the data into the following needs assessment report to help identify needs important to New Yorkers with disabilities and the Statewide Independent Living network. It will help guide input and need for the formulation of the next three-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) for 2014-2016.

Word version: http://www.nysilc.org/...

PDF version: http://www.nysilc.org/...

For instance, did you know…

• There are 928,961 civilian veterans age 18 or older living in the community in New York State, and 232,805 (25.1%) of these individuals have a disability - a high incidence of disability compared to the general population.

• The poverty rate for New Yorkers with disabilities ages 18 to 64 living in the community is 28.6%, which is more than twice that of persons in our state without disabilities (12.3%).

• The employment rate for a New Yorker with a disability (ages 18-64) is 31.2% compared to 72% for a person without a disability resulting in a gap of 40.8 percentage points.

• Among civilians age 16 or older during the last 12 months, New Yorkers with disabilities earned $10,903 less on average compared to a person without a disability ($21,581 versus $32,484).

• For students with disabilities ages 14-21 during the last 12 months, it was reported that they left New York State schools for the following reasons: 52% (15,937) graduated with diplomas, 21% (6,277) received certificates, 26% (7,788) dropped out, and 1% (390) aged out or died.

• Based on the institutionalized settings identified by the NAC, and the information received mostly by FOIA, the State institutionalized population was identified at 220,277.

For information specific to the needs of individuals with disabilities and the network, review the report.


Brad Williams - Executive Director NYSILC

For more information about this needs assessment, please contact:

Brad Williams, Executive Director:
Tel: 518 427-1060, Voice and TDD; Toll Free 1 (877) 397-4126
Email: bradw (at) nysilc.org
Fax: 518 427-1139

or send regular mail to:

New York State Independent Living Council, Inc.
111 Washington Avenue, Suite 101
Albany, NY 12210

Originally posted to WakeUpNeo on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:36 PM PST.

Also republished by KosAbility, DKos Military Veterans, and IGTNT Advisory Group.


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