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Be Counted: Census 2020

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Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone who lives in the country, regardless of age, nationality or ability. It is important that everyone – especially individuals and families living with disability – respond to the 2020 Census. Information collected in the Census will inform the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds for states and communities each year for the next decade. That includes money for services which assure that people with disabilities have access to health care, education, employment opportunities, transportation, accessibility services and much more – including Medicaid and Medicare!

As a leading service provider and advocate for children and adults with disabilities, including veterans and seniors, and their families – Easterseals is mobilizing across the country to be sure people with disabilities are included and represented when these critical funding decisions are made.

Click HERE for some quick "factoids" about the Census.

Why is the census important to people with disabilities?

While the United States census only comes around once every 10 years, census data plays a vital role in the lives of people with disabilities every day. The United States Constitution requires the census to ensure fair political representation. Community leaders and elected officials rely on accurate census data to make funding decisions about education, senior citizen and veteran supports, and other community allocations. It is important to get the numbers right.

The census determines allocations for real-life necessities critical to people with disabilities throughout the lifespan including:

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