On April 1, 2020, it is important that people with disabilities and their families are ready to be counted.
Every 10 years, the census counts everyone in the United States. The gathered census data affects many key things. So it’s vital that everyone be counted. The Census 2020 data determines how much funds are available to state and local governments. The money is used for education programs, Medicaid, and housing vouchers. Funding shortages or cuts often affect people with disabilities. This data also determines how many representatives each state has in the House of Representatives.
It’s quick and easy. The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete. It’s safe, secure, and confidential. The census protects your information and privacy.
Once a decade since 1790
The census is a requirement authorized by the Constitution. Since 1790, it calls for an “actual enumeration” once a decade. The 2020 population numbers determine distribution of political power and federal tax dollars. The census numbers also determine the number of Electoral College votes and congressional seats allotted for the next 10 years. Further, the census allocates federal spending, an estimated $880 billion a year. These funds go to schools, roads and other public services in local communities. The demographic data provides useful information. Businesses determine growth plans and emergency responders locate people after a natural disaster.
The first census available online!
This census is the first one to allow all U.S. households to respond online. Paper forms are available and 1-800 numbers allow responses over the phone. Especially in remote areas, census workers gather information in person. Trained census workers for census interviews and collection of responses with smartphones visit households not responding by early April.
Remember, your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
Bottom line – Census 2020 is important, so be counted!
Here are additional Census Resources:
- Action Needed
- Development Disabilities Awareness Month
- Developmental Disabilities
- Early Intervention
- Inclusive Education
- Intellectual Disability
- Medicaid Waivers
- Sign Language
- Success Stories
- Summer Activities
- Virginia Medicaid Waivers
- Work Options