Research & Data: CHN, LCCHR to Host Census Webinar

On January 23, the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) will host a webinar titled “Census 2020: Why getting it right matters (a lot!).” Speakers include Mary Jo Hoeksema, Director of Government Affairs, Population Association of America, and Co-Director, The Census Project; Beth Lynk, Census Counts Campaign Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Deborah Stein, Network Director, Partnership for America’s Children; Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs; and Corrine Yu, Senior Program Director, Special Projects, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The decennial census is required by the Constitution and is conducted every 10 years. The purpose of the decennial census is to count people living in the United States. It provides the information to states in order to determine Congressional districts and it helps allocate federal funding. In this webinar, you will learn what will happen between now and 2020, how to advocate for a fair census, and what you can do to ensure an accurate census. The webinar will take place on January 23 at 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Register here.

The Arc Advocates to Keep Disability Questions on Census Bureau Survey

The Arc joined with 78 other endorsing organizations to oppose removing the six disability questions from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS).  These questions are the backbone of the data we have about people with disabilities and help shape our programs and funding.  They are being threatened with removal from the survey because some survey respondents, Members of Congress, and others view the questions as intrusive or unnecessary.  The Census Bureau is doing a content review of the questions on the ACS and is looking for the statutory references and programmatic uses of the data.  The CCD response can be found on the CCD website.

U.S. Census Bureau announces the first decrease in number of individuals without insurance since 2007

The U. S. Census Bureau announced last week that the number of people without health insurance dropped from 50 million to 48.6 million in 2011, marking the first decrease since 2007. The number of uninsured dropped significantly for children and young adults, decreasing by 841,000.  The percentage of people covered by Medicaid increased from 15.8 percent to 16.5 percent. The report also shows that the poverty rate remains at 15.0 percent with 46.2 million people in poverty.

New Census report on Americans with Disabilities

The U.S. Census Bureau has released a new report, “Americans With Disabilities: 2010.” The report finds that approximately 57 million Americans, or nearly 1 in 5, have a disability, with more than half (87 million) reporting the disability as “severe.” About 4 in 10 working-age persons with a disability were employed, compared to 8 in 10 working-age persons without a disability. Adults with severe disabilities were about twice as likely as adults with non-severe disabilities to experience long-term poverty, defined as poverty lasting for over 2 years. The definition of disability used in this report differs from the definitions used in other surveys, and the Census Bureau notes that caution should be used in comparing across different data sources.