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I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.

Importance of the Census

This is a copy of an email I received from DAWN (Disability Advocates: Wisconsin Network)  Here is another reason why filling out the forms and returning them are so important.

The 2010 Census forms will be mailed to households starting this week.

People with disabilities and the people who support them are encouraged to participate in the Census. Accurate counts are very important. They directly affect the funding many agencies receive, as well as federally funded programs that support people with disabilities in the community.

 Did you know that for every 100 people not counted, a community risks losing an estimated $1.2 million over the next decade for federally funded programs including:

 * Medicaid and maternal and child health programs

* Transit programs

* Public housing assistance

* Community Development Block Grants

* Head Start

* Title 1 Education funds and grants for special and vocational education

 The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is working to get everyone in the disability community to complete their forms. One way you can help support this effort is to print and take the two-page document "People with Disabilities - 10 Questions/10 Minutes" to hand out at trainings, meetings, or workshops you will be attending over the next few months. To print a copy of document go here: 

 <http://2010.census.gov/partners/pdf/factSheet_General_Disability.pdf>

 Special assistance for people with disabilities will be available in many ways:

 * Questionnaire Assistance Centers: These will be located throughout Wisconsin to assist those unable to read or understand the census form.

* Census information is available in 59 languages, go here:

<www.2010census.gov>. 

* Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Centers: These are available by calling toll-free at 1-866-872-6868 (English) or 1-866-928-2010 (Spanish). 

* Language Assistance Guides will be available in large print and Braille. 

* Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons who do not have access to Video Relay Service can call toll-free at 1-866-783-2010.

 If you are interested in a complete copy of the Toolkit for Reaching People with Disabilities, it is available at the following link: 

<http://2010.census.gov/partners/pdf/toolkit_Disability_Overview.pdf

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