How an Accurate Census Count Benefits Disabled People
February 5, 2020
3-4 PM Pacific
In partnership with the Disability Organizing (DO) Network, the Disability Visibility Project will host a Twitter chat on the 2020 Census and what it means for the disability community with co-host Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF). While all participants are welcome to join us, we will focus on the Census in California. We look forward to learning about your interest and advocacy with the Census!
The Disability Organizing (DO) Network is a program of The California Foundation for Independent Living Center (CFILC). The DO Network is a statewide disability advocacy network of 28 Independent Living Centers and the communities they serve. Most ILCs have a full time staff person devoted to increasing civic participation through community organizing, education and advocacy around issues that affect the Disability Communities.
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.
The Disability Visibility Project® is an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture founded by Alice Wong. Check out the Disability Visibility podcast for episodes about disability issues and culture: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/podcast-2/
Disability Counts 2020 http://disabilitycounts2020.org/
California Census 2020 https://census.ca.gov
US Census https://www.census.gov
#DisabilityCounts2020 Fact Sheet https://disabilityorganizing.net/resources/docs/census2020-fact-sheet-ACCESSIBLE.pdf
National Disability Rights Network
Webinar: Disability and Inclusion and the 2020 Census (Captioned video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tMynCBQJbc&feature=youtu.be
How to Participate
At the time of the chat, click on the ‘Latest’ tab for the hashtag #DOnetwork. This will show you the questions and everyone’s responses in real time.
If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account.
Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast: http://www.tchat.io/
Here is a link for people who are new to Twitter on starting an account and how to use it:
Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/how-to-participate-in-a-twitter-chat/546805/
Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc
Introductory Tweets and Questions for the Chat
Full disclosure: @DisVisibility is a paid consultant for this chat.
Please note: If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #DOnetwork”
If you wish, include the tags #2020Census #DisabilityCounts2020 or others to reach more folks!
Another way to participate in the #DOnetwork chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast: http://www.tchat.io/
And feel free to take breaks or join us anytime after the hour!
Q1 Welcome! Please introduce yourself and share your interest in today’s chat about the #2020Census. #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
Q2 What is your understanding of the purpose of the #2020Census and why it’s important? #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
Q3 What are some myths and misconceptions that may prevent people from participating in the #2020Census? #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
The Census happens once a decade with the #2020Census taking place nationwide starting in April until the summer. For more: http://disabilitycounts2020.org/ #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
Q4 This is the first Census to offer participation in person, online or by phone, in addition to a paper form. Which way of taking the Census is most accessible for you? #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
Did you know that data from the Census determines where to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year? https://www.census.gov/about/what.html #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
An accurate #2020Census count means enough funding for neighborhood improvements, public health, transportation, education, and more. #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
Q5 Why is it important to have an accurate count for #2020Census? What will it mean for people with disabilities in California & nationwide? #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
FYI: According to @disabilityrtsor, nearly 1 in 5 people with disabilities live in areas that are considered ‘hard to count.’ https://twitter.com/DisabilityRtsOR/status/1214949902712619009
For more: https://www.ndrn.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/States-Ranked-by-Percent-of-People-with-Disabilities.pdf #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
Q6 What does ‘hard to count’ mean for disabled folks? What makes it difficult to count people in the disability community? #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
Q7 What are some of the major barriers disabled people face with #2020Census and where can people go for some resources & support? #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
Q8 What are some ways disability advocates should connect & collaborate with other groups? #DOnetwork #DisabilityCounts2020
This concludes our #DOnetwork chat on the #2020Census! Many thanks to our co-hosts @Donetworkorg & @DREDF. We will have other chats coming up in 2020. For more about the Census & other events: https://www.facebook.com/DOnetwork.org/ #DisabilityCounts2020
Thank you for joining us today! #DisabilityCounts2020