People with disabilities are historically under counted in the census. It is vital that people with disabilities participate in the census because results are used by federal, state, and local government to make funding decisions about education, housing, health care, transportation, mental health other services. In FY2016, Wisconsin received $12,608,476,954 through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. Census results are also used to determine representation in Congress.
DRW is working to support participation of Wisconsinites with disabilities in the 2020 Census and to reduce barriers to participation. Barbara Beckert was recently appointed by Governor Evers to serve on Wisconsin’s 2020 Complete Count Committee. We invite your ideas and engagement In promoting the census, and working to ensure it is accessible and inclusive.
Here’s how you can help:
- Many communities have a local Complete Count Committee to promote the census. Consider serving on your local Complete Count Committee or inviting others to do so.
- The Disability Vote Coalition has developed a Census Guide for People with Disabilities. Check out the Guide, share it on social media, and share it with others.
- Go to the Wisconsin 2020 Census website and learn more.