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Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement Initiative

NACDD believes that people with disabilities have a valuable role to play as active citizens of the communities in which they live.  Their involvement builds personal connections in the community, helps to break down misconceptions about people living with developmental disabilities and enables them to contribute back to their community as civic volunteers and partners.  Using person-centered, community-centered and purposeful learning approaches that are not currently part of the field of developmental disabilities will lead to systemic change in the civic engagement process at the local level.

One Vote Now Initiative

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The concept of “One Person, One Vote” is central to the ideal of democracy in the United States. However, people with disabilities are historically underrepresented among voters. One Vote Now was created to encourage, facilitate, and empower people with disabilities and those who support them, to vote!

One Vote Now is a partner project of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) – the national voice of the 56 State and Territorial Councils on Developmental Disabilities; the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) – a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities; the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) – one of the nation’s largest disability rights organizations; RespectAbility – an organization founded to correct and prevent the current disparity of justice for people with disabilities; and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) – which works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

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One Vote Now was founded to help all people with disabilities understand their rights as voters. One Vote Now seeks to improve the voting representation of people with disabilities by encouraging voter registration and providing information about voting opportunities and resources on polling place accessibility. One Vote Now also seeks to help provide information and education so that more people with disabilities will run for public office.

For more information, please visit

US Census 2020

Data of people with disabilities being added to the Census Bureau is crucial. The Census Bureau will collect the data to make statistics for America to see how disability is handled in the 50 states and additional territories. The statistics about American citizens will make way for government programs, laws and policies.

With the 2020 election, it is crucial now than ever to be added. The statistics will show where the voices of American citizens lie and how loud they are.

Important Dates

1.     Awareness/Education Phase (Jan. 14 – March 12): Builds immediate awareness and provides educational information about the 2020 Census.

2.     Motivation/Participation Phase (March 13 – May 20): Inspires and motivates the public to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

3.     Reminder/Nonresponse Follow Up (May 13 – June 28): Continues to remind people to respond to the 2020 Census and to support census takers as they go door-to-door to count households that have not yet responded.


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The U.S. Census Bureau is Hiring!

The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country to reach its goal of more than 2 million applicants.

The positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. To determine the pay rate in a specific area, learn more about these positions, or apply for one of the temporary jobs, visit

Census Resources

2020 Census Website

Census Disability Page

#DisabilityCounts2020 – For multilingual resources in Spanish and ASL

Why the Census Matters for People With Disabilities: A Guide to the 2020 Census Operations & Challenges – National Disability Rights Network

An Accessible 2020 Census: FAQs by the Disability Community About Census Operations – National Disability Rights Network

The Arc

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Our partner The Arc has created resources on how to add your data to the Census Bureau.

Census Fact Sheet (ENGLISH) | Census Fact Sheet (SPANISH)

Census Pledge 




Additional Resources

Census Counts