Why getting counted in Census 2020 Matters to the Autism Community

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 it is known how many people live in each 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 begin sending 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. Because the federal tax dollars help to fund programs for people with disabilities, it is important for everyone to be seen, counted, and represented. Autism McLean and many other local, state, and national organizations want to make sure that people on the spectrum or their families/caregivers take the time to fill out the census for the household.

Be counted, make your voice heard, and together we can push for funding that is dedicated to supportive, beneficial policy programs.

Census Resources

  • 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:

Shape your future and our future. Visit 2020census.gov