Data from the U.S. Census is used to assign congressional seats to states, and it directly affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments. Accurate counts impact several important programs and services that are critical to the disabled community.
Here is what the census means for people with a disability:
* Helps state and county agencies plan for eligible recipients under the Medicare, Medicaid,and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
* Distributes funds and develops programs for people with disabilities and the elderly under the Rehabilitation Act.
* Distributes funds for housing for people with disabilities under the Housing and Urban Development Act.
* Allocates funds for mass transit systems to provide facilities for people with disabilities under the Federal Transit Act.
* Awards federal grants, under the Older Americans Act, based on the number of elderly people with physical and mental disabilities.
* Allocates funds to states and local areas for employment and job training programs for veterans and disabled veterans under the Job Training Partnership Act, Disabled Veterans Outreach Program.
* Ensures that comparable public transportation services are available for all segments of the population under the Americans with Disabilities Act.