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Get Counted in Census 2020, Why it Matters to the Autism Community
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What is the Census?
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once-every-decade count of everyone living in the country. When we know how many people live in your community, organizations, and businesses are better equipped to evaluate the services and programs needed, such as clinics, schools, and roads. It also determines how seats in Congress are distributed among the 50 states. In March of 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will send every household an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire about who lives at your address on April 1st. You will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail, and federal law keeps those responses safe and secure.
Why is it important to the Autism and Disability Community?
The census helps determine how over $675 billion will be allocated across local health care, housing, education, transportation, employment, and public policy. The Autism Society of America and other national disability organizations advocate for better and supported policies throughout these quality of life indicators. Be counted, make your voice heard, and together we can push for funding that is dedicated to supportive, beneficial policy programs.
Census 2020: By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.