When we know better, we do better~Maya Angelou
The Outrageous Facts of My Community:
- An estimated 1.7% to 3.5% of the general population lives with a developmental disability. In the Pikes Peak Region, this may represent as many as 30,000 children and adults.
- Colorado ranks 47th of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the funding support for developmental disability services. (Braddock, D.Presented: 2010 NASDDDS Annual Conference,18 November 2010)
- The waiting list for developmental disability services through The Resource Exchange is 1327 adults.
- El Paso County is the largest county in Colorado, by population, with more than 622,000 residents. Colorado Springs is home to approximately 418,000, making it Colorado’s second largest city. This means that there are as many as 21,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities living in El Paso County alone.
- Services for people with developmental disabilities in El Paso, Park and Teller counties are not supported by municipal or local taxes, 1 of only 4 geographic catchment areas in the State (out of 20) not financially supported locally.
- An estimated 93% of working-age adults with developmental disabilities living in the Pikes Peak Region are unemployed.
- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees a public education to all children, regardless of disability. This entitlement ends at age 21, at which time, the vast majority of youth with developmental disabilities graduate from high school to wait for 10 years or more for adult services.
- Funding for the Family Services & Supports Program (FSSP) in El Paso, Park and Teller counties was cut in October 2010 by 54%, while State-funded comprehensive services was eliminated altogether. Medicaid services to individuals with developmental disabilities have been reduced over the past three years by 7-10%, with further reductions-and caps on services-planned for fiscal 2012.
- Public transit has been cut numerous times by the City of Colorado Springs because of budget constraints. This significantly impacts people with developmental disabilities, leaving hundreds of people in the region without access to public transportation. Public and ‘specialized’ transportation is often the only means available to an individual with developmental disabilities to get to and from work.
- Approximately 50% of working-age adults with developmental disabilities are precluded from benefitting from the area’s largest NISH contract (Fort Carson) due to lack of transportation.