Over 30% of adults in Alabama have some type of disability. That’s why the Arc of Madison County is stressing the importance of people with disabilities to fill out their census forms.
Arc of Madison County Executive Director Susan Klingel said, “The services they receive, especially from the federal government, these are some of the people that have the most to lose. You’re talking medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, other things like school funding, so it is extremely important for people with disabilities to be counted.”
If people with disabilities aren’t represented in the census, it will affect how much money will be available for disability services and programs.
Klingel said, “There have been several very important agencies in this state, the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program, the Alabama Developmental Disabilities Council, that have lost money because of census.”
There are multiple ways to take part in the census. People can do it online, over the phone, or on paper. For those who need it, there are people who can help.
“You can get the census in braille. You can get it in large print,” said Klingel. “The libraries can help you. Also, go to the census.gov email address and they can support you. They can send out interpreters.”
The Arc will be at the Freedom Center in Huntsville on April 1st at 10:00 am helping people fill out their census forms.
Learn about more resources regarding the census here.
For more information about the 2020 census, click here.