You Count! Be Counted.
he 2020 Census is quickly approaching, and it is important that people with disabilities and their families are ready to be counted!
Every 10 years, everyone in the United States is counted through the census. It is important that everyone is counted because the census data impacts many key things. For example, the census data is used to figure out how much money state and local governments get for Medicaid, housing vouchers, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and education programs. When there isn’t enough money, services and programs for people with disabilities can be cut. Census data is also used to determine how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives.
Census Day is April 1, 2020 – make sure you and your community are ready to be counted!
It is critical to reach people with disabilities, family members, direct support professionals, provider organizations, and other community members about the importance of everyone being counted!
The Arc US is excited to share new resources, including videos and written materials, to support people with disabilities and beyond in understanding what the census is, why it’s important for people with disabilities, and how to complete it.
The census helps to direct billions annually in federal funding. Census data is used by businesses, governments, and civic organizations to inform decision making about what services should be available in local areas, and it impacts Congressional representation.
Resources for Individuals
- Census 101 Video (English)
- Census 101 Video (Spanish)
- You Count! Be Counted.
- ¡Tu Cuentas! Se Contado.
Resources for Organizations
- Get Your Community Counted: A Guide for Organizations
- Haga Que Su Comunidad Sea Contada: Una Guía Para Organizaciones