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For First Time in Decades Federal Spending for the Disabled Declines

June 29, 2013

The 2013 State of the States in Developmental Disabilities reported a 0.2% decrease in total spending for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the 2011 fiscal year compared to in 2010. David Braddock, the lead author of the report compiled by the University of Colorado, noted that this was the first decline since the study began in 1978. Visit stateofthestates.org for more information.

Lisa Goring, Vice President of Family Services at Autism Speaks said of these new numbers, "The decline in federal spending for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities speaks to the tremendous need for additional housing and residential support options, and a call for public and private sector collaboration to meet the needs of our community."