The Arc Releases 2017 FINDS Survey Data on Caregiving for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

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Washington, DC, June 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Arc of the United States released today. The intent of this one-of-a-kind survey conducted by The University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration in collaboration with The Arc is to understand the experiences of families who provide supports to a family member with intellectual or other developmental disabilities (I/DD). This is the second FINDS Report that The Arc has released; the first was conducted in 2010, and .  

An estimated 7.3 million people with I/DD live in the United States, with the majority living in their family home receiving support from a family member. The report includes survey responses from over 3,000 caregivers and provides information on the economic implications, logistical challenges, and major gaps that exist in caregiving infrastructure.

Caregivers also reported that they would like their employers to do more to help them be successful in balancing their work and family responsibilities, such as provide medical and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, flexible scheduling, and supportive and understanding supervisors and co-workers.

“Too often, we in the disability community preach to the choir.  This report should raise awareness and help engage new activists to our cause from all walks of life. People with disabilities in our nation have faced decades of discrimination and overcome much adversity, but we still have a long way to go before we have a truly inclusive society. The FINDS Report highlights areas we need to focus on and should serve as a rallying cry to advocates nationwide who recognize people with disabilities and their families deserve better,” says Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc.

Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.

Sarah Bal
The Arc of the United States

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Globe Newswire: 19:00 GMT Monday 11th June 2018

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