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NCUIH and NCAID Release a Major Survey on American Indians with Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2017

Contact: Ryan Young Coordinator, Technical Assistance and Research Center
National Council of Urban Indian Health
202-544-0344
ryoung@ncuih.org

NCUIH and NCAID Release a Major Survey on American Indians with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) in collaboration with the National Center on American Indians with Disabilities (NCAID) are conducting a comprehensive resource and needs assessment pilot project called “Native Communities Living United for Disability Equality” (NCLUDE). This first of its kind survey will examine the level of inclusion of urban AI/ANs living with disabilities in California, Oregon, and Washington. This assessment is meant to identify barriers to care and services, as well as opportunities to expand services, while increasing the knowledge base on this vulnerable population.

Urban AI/ANs living with disabilities face tremendous challenges to participate in their communities. Approximately 27 percent of nearly 5.4 million American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people living in the United States lives with a disability–a rate higher than any other demographic in the United States (2015 American Community Survey). There are roughly 1 million urban AI/ANs that live with disabilities, given that 71 percent of the AI/AN population lives in urban areas.

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NCUIH and NCAID Announce Strategic Partnership to Address Unmet Needs of Indian Country Disability Population

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Contact: Aleksandra Modrow
Policy, Communication and Outreach
National Council of Urban Indian Health
202-544-0344
amodrow@ncuih.org

 

On Friday, November  18, 2016, the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) and the National Center for American Indians with Disabilities (NCAID) signed a memorandum of understanding, which begins a new strategic partnership to address the unmet needs of the American Indians and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population living with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

This new partnership is a natural progression, as both organizations are focused on the AI/AN issues at the national level. NCUIH is the only national nonprofit organization devoted to the support and development of quality, accessible, and culturally-competent health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban settings. Similarly, NCAID is the only national nonprofit organization that advocates and draws resources for all life-span issues faced by AI/ANs with disabilities. This partnership will work collaboratively toprovide AI/ANs living with disabilities resourcesand/oreducation, expand culturally-relevant services, and increase their voice and visibility.

“We should do all we can to help the AI/AN people with disabilities to live independently regardless of their location”, said Alejandro Bermudez-del-Villar, NCUIH Interim Executive Director

NCAID Executive Director Cinda Hughes adds, “We look forward to this partnership increasing the access of AI/ANs living with disabilities to services, programs, and initiatives that foster self-sufficiency and independence”.

The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) is a National 501(c) (3) organization devoted to the support and development of quality, accessible, and culturally-competent health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban settings. For more information about the Urban Indian population and the Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHO) that serve them, please visit www.ncuih.org.