Nothing About Us Without Us: People with disabilities urged to participate in the Census

Census count begins in March

Nothing About Us Without Us:
Census begins in March

Everyone urged to participate

In March of 2010, the Census will be mailed to all households in the United States. People with disabilities are urged to participate. The United States Census, conducted once in ten years, is the count of everyone in the United States, including citizens and non-citizens. The U.S. Constitution requires a national census for the purpose of reapportioning the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Census is critical for people with disabilities because Census data directly affects distribution of federal funds to state and local government. It helps guide local planning decisions, including where to provide additional social services and community facilities.

As part of the Census effort, Access Living is participating in a city-wide coalition that is implementing marketing and outreach efforts designed to reach people with disabilities. The coalition is called, “The Chicago Disability Complete Count Committee.” The coalition is also working to ensure people with disabilities have the resources needed to complete the Census.

Without a complete count, vital community programs such as community based health care, transportation services and planning and construction for people with disabilities may receive inadequate funding thereby adversely affecting the lives of the disabled community.

The census forms will be delivered or mailed to households in March. One person should complete the form on behalf of every resident in the house including relatives and non-relatives. Personal Assistants of people with disabilities can complete census forms. It is easy, important and safe.

Questionnaire assistance and alternative format are available for people with disabilities. For more information about the 2010 Census, visit

Filling out this form will make a difference to your lives and services offered to your community.

If you have any questions about disability efforts around the Census, contact the Access Living office.
Deidre Brewster
Community Development Organizer