2020 Census:

The Disability Community is Counting on YOU

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1 in 4 people have a disability.

The 2020 Census is accessible for everyone.

You can respond to the Census by answering a handful of questions online, by phone, or by mail.

The online questionnaire is accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities. If you prefer to respond by mail but do not receive a questionnaire in your first mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau, you can wait for the fourth mailing, in mid-April 2020, which will include a questionnaire.

If you have blindness or low vision, you can print a guide to the questionnaire in braille or large print from Census.gov. If you have deafness or a hearing loss, you can:

  • Respond to the Census using telephone devices for hearing impaired.
  • Access video guides to the questionnaire in American Sign Language on Census.gov.
  • View online videos and webcasts with closed or open captioning.
  • Request a visit from a Census taker who uses American Sign Language.

Supporting Facts

Special Education Grants – $11.2 billion. To help schools meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, special education grants provide resources to students with disabilities, tailored to their individual needs. At present, fifteen percent of the funds allocated are based on the states’ relative populations of children who live in poverty. In the 2015-2016 school year, these grants served nearly 7 million children and youth with disabilities.

Medicaid – $312 billion. Medicaid is a federal-state insurance program that provides health coverage to households and individuals with low incomes, children, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities. In 2015, Medicaid had about 70 million enrollees.

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) – $11.1 billion. S-CHIP provides funds so states can maintain and expand child health assistance to uninsured, low-income children. In 2015, S-CHIP served more than 8 million children.

WHY IT MATTERS:

An accurate Census count directly affects our nation’s ability to provide equal representation and equal access to more than $600 billion a year in important governmental resources for all Americans, including people with disabilities.

An accurate Census helps federal agencies monitor discrimination and implement civil rights laws that protect voting rights, equal employment opportunity, and more.