Disability data at risk as House votes to eliminate the American Community Survey

The House approved the Commerce, Science, Justice Appropriations bill earlier this month which included amendments to eliminate funding for the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and to make the survey voluntary.   The ACS provides vital economic, social, and housing data on many of our counties, cities, Congressional districts, towns, and communities that are not provided anywhere else.  The ACS is particularly critical to the disability community because it was the first reliable measure of disability in the general population.  The ACS replaced the long form used in the decennial census.  The loss of this survey would be devastating to the national data collected about people with disabilities. This data is critical to gathering a clearer picture of the lives of individuals with disabilities and measuring our success at achieving integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in mainstream society.  It is unclear if the Senate will consider its version of the bill before the Memorial Day recess or after.  The Arc is joining with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to urge the Senate to fully fund the ACS.
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