Unserved and Underserved Defined

Picture of people with different types of disabilities and from different ethic and racial populations.The DD Act states that the unserved and underserved includes, but is not limited to, populations from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds, disadvantaged individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals from underserved geographic areas (rural or Urban), and specific groups of individuals within the population of individuals with developmental disabilities, including individuals who require assistive technology in order to participate in and contribute to community life.

In addition, the Ohio DD Council considers other ways to view this classification of unserved and underserved:

  • Ethnic, cultural, and disability groups that typically do not receive services and supports because of language or cultural barriers.
  • People whose voices are not heard because they don’t ask.
  • People who are not “heard” because they make up such a small percentage of the population.
  • People who are isolated from the mainstream.
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