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  • NCI is cited in this infographic from AlJazeera America. 

    The infographic highlights the difficulties faced by individuals with disabilities in finding paid work.

    The infographic cites NCI data (years unclear) on facility-based employment demonstrating that 95% of adult workers with ID/DD who are receiving state services are earning less than minimum wage in facility based-settings--51% earn less than $1/hr-$2.50/hr.

    In addition, the infographc demonstrates NCI data on community-based employment. 42% of of adult workers with ID/DD who are receiving state services are earning less than minimum wage in community based employment. 

    This prompted us to present similar data for the latest data cycle. 

    Based on the 2013-14 data cycle:

    Of those reported to have a paid facility-based job who reported data on wages


    62% earn from $0.01-$2.50/hour
    21% earn from $2.51-$5.00/hour
    11% earn from $5.01-$7.50/hour
    6% earn from $7.51+/hour

    Of those reported to have a paid job in the community who reported data on wages


    52% earn from $0.01-$7.25/hour
    35% earn from $7.26-$10.00/hour
    9% earn from $10.01-$15.00/hour
    4% earn from $15.01+/hour

    NCI employment data, including data on hours worked and wages earned, are used by many states, advocates and researchers to examine the state of employment for adults with ID/DD receiving DD services. For example, NCI data have contributed to AZ's efforts to increase provider rates to incentivize Community and Supported Employment initiatives. In addition, The Institute on Community Inclusion at UMASS Boston uses NCI data in many of their publications and resources. 

    NCI also produced a data brief entitled: "Working in the Community: the Status and Outcomes of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Integrated Employment - an update." We encourage you to take a look!

  • NCI has long served to provide policy-makers, advocates and self-advocates with valid and reliable data that can serve to improve the quality of services and supports. The National Core Indicators Staff Stability Survey was designed to assist states in collecting accurate and comprehensive data on the DSP workforce. The survey collects information on DSP workforce staffing levels, stability, wages, hours, benefit packages and recruitment and retention strategies. Data from the first year of this survey examine the DSP workforce stability in 10 states for the year 2014. 

    The 2014 Staff Stability Survey Report can be found here: 

    Some findings from the first year of data collection:

    Of the DSPs who left employment at responding agencies between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, 37% had been employed for less than 6 months. This number varied vastly by state.
    Across the responding agencies, the turnover rate for DSPs was 45%
    Of responding agencies that differentiate between full- and part-time employees, there was a 7% vacancy rate for full-time positions and 13% vacancy rate for part-time positions. 
    Across participating states, DSPs received an average hourly wage of $11.11.

    $10.55 for DSPs providing residential supports
    $10.93 for DSPs providing in-home supports
    $11.10 for DSPs providing non-residential supports

    This information will help policymakers and advocates by providing data useful for policy and program development. In addition, these data will help states monitor and evaluate the impact of workforce initiatives, compare state workforce outcomes with those of other states, provide a context for consumer and family outcomes and build systems to more effectively collect, analyze, and use DSP workforce data. 

  • The National Core Indicators — Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD) was featured in an AARP blog post called: 'Measuring Quality in Long-Term Services and Supports: National Core Indicators — Aging and Disabilities'!

    NCI-AD is the latest expansion of the nearly 20-year National Core Indicators program. HSRI worked with its partners to adapt NCI’s proven, time-tested consumer survey tools and data systems to help gauge the quality of public services for older people and adults with physical disabilities. And the first data collection cycle is nearly complete!

    NCI-AD is a collaboration of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, and the Human Services Research Institute. For questions, please email Steph at