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2010 Census – Why it’s important for people with disabilities

The Census: A Snapshot
Excerpted from the US 2010 website. Click here for a full fact sheet.

What: The census is a count of everyone in the United States.
Who: Everyone in the United States must be counted—both citizens and noncitizens.
Why: The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years for the purpose of reapportioning the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, census data play a part in guiding funding for essential community services and other important programs.
When: Households will receive a census form in March 2010 either by U.S. mail or by hand delivery.

Benefits of Census Data for People with Disabilities:

Census data directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments.

Census data help guide local planning decisions, including where to provide additional social services, establish senior and child-care centers, build new roads, hospitals and schools, or determine locations for job training centers. That means census data can directly affect the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families by impacting:

  • Planning and construction of facilities for people with disabilities.
  • Transportation services and needs.
  • Community-based health care initiativesand programs.

Research shows that people with disabilities are motivated by knowing that completing their census form can improve special services and the quality of life in their communities.

The 2010 Census is easy, important and safe, and YOUR participation is vital.

It’s easy: The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest census forms in history. With only 10 questions, the form takes about 10 minutes to complete.
It’s important: Census information helps determine locations for schools, roads, hospitals, job training, child-care and senior centers, and more.
It’s safe: By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of non-disclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

Questionnaire Assistance Centers are located throughout Wisconsin to assist those unable to read or understand the census form. To find a Center near you, click on the following link: Questionnaire Assistance Centers. Click on Find a Questionnaire Assistance Center, and enter your zip code or city and state. The Questionnaire Assistance Center(s) closest to your desired location will be displayed.

For more information about the 2010 Census, visit the census website.