The U.S. Census is on its way to our virtual and physical mailboxes, and people with disabilities in New Jersey are saying Count Me In!

Community Access Unlimited is proud to help complete the count in 2020 by offering trainings and opportunities to complete the Census on site at the agency’s office at 80 West Grand Street in Elizabeth. Now is the time to get involved- because otherwise, undercounted communities will miss out for the next 10 years.

The federal government uses Census data to allocate resources to state governments- more than $17.5 billion dollars to New Jersey every year. People with disabilities have been identified by the Census Bureau as a hard to count population, meaning they are more vulnerable to being missed in the decennial Census. The Census helps guide funding decisions that affect the services, amenities and resources people with disabilities and their families need to enable them participate and contribute fully in their communities. Currently, 61 million American adults live with a disability, and roughly 1 in 7 children are affected by disability.

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“We want to encourage people with disabilities to stand up and be counted and be full participating citizens,” said CAU organizer Bill Webb. “It’s critical for us to be doing it because New Jersey’s overall count was underrepresented in 2010.”

These sessions are open to anyone who needs assistance completing the Census, as well as area organizations that work with Hard to Count or vulnerable populations.

Pledge to be counted with us at the following sessions:

Wednesday, April 1, 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Census Day

Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Register on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/count-me-in-2020-census-events-tickets-96549021723

Census Day registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-census-kick-off-event-april-1-2020-tickets-98528871507

 

Media are also invited to attend these events and are asked to RSVP to Erin Jerome at ejerome@caunj.org or 908-354-3040 ext. 4209.

 

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating more than 40 years in 2020, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.