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j. 1. B. Who are minorities;

Current Narrative:


  FFY2016    FFY2017    FFY2018   
American Indian or Alaska Native 295 1.6% 286 1.5% 230 1.5%
Asian 177 0.9% 185 1.0% 179 1.1%
Black or African-American 2,774 14.7% 2,736 14.4% 2,364 15.0%
Hispanic or Latino 553 2.9% 615 3.2% 538 3.4%
Middle Eastern 2 0.0% 3 0.0% 11 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 51 0.3% 53 0.3% 48 0.3%
White 16,046 84.9% 16,232 85.3% 13,338 84.7%

 *Individuals may be counted in more than one category, therefore the total for all percentages may equal more than 100%.

The majority of individuals served in VR (79.8%) are white, with the second largest population at 14.1% being individuals who are black or African American. There were slight increases. For comparison, the below data compares total individuals served by race/ethnicity in VR compared to the Indiana population of individuals with disabilities by race/ethnicity.

Indiana disability population by race and VR participants served by race:

  Indiana Number of people with a disability (all ages) Percentage of population by race with disability Served by VR FFY 2018 (ages over 14) Percentage of VR participants served by race
Total for Indiana 915,092 (12.7% of the total population)  

21,610 (duplicated count)  
White 786,393 85.4% 13,338 84.7%
African-American 87,124 9.7% 2,364 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3, 233 0.4% 230 1.5%
  Other race(s) 10,145 8.2% 238 1.5%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 38,386 7% 538 3.4%

Proportionally, VR serves a higher percentage of individuals who are African-American and individuals who are American Indiana/Alaska Native compared to the total Indiana disability population; conversely,  a lower percentage of individuals who are white, individuals of ‘other races,’ and individuals who are Hispanic or Latino are reported. The overall ratio of whites to minorities served in VR appears to be comparable to the ratio of the whites to minorities’ population in Indiana. 

The following is a summary of survey questions and responses in regard to services for minorities:

  • What racial/ethnic groups are unserved or underserved?
    • Those responding indicated that the racial/ethnic groups being unserved or underserved are Hispanic or Latino (23.6%) and African American/Black (22.4%).  The remainder were below 11%.
  • What are the service needs for racial/ethnic groups?
    • The responses to this question were also very evenly distributed between the offered choices of addressing language barriers (33.5%), outreach on the availability of services (33.3%), and cultural awareness training for professionals (29.9).