Thursday, January 23, 2020
12:00 – 1:00PM
The Census Bureau has identified people with disabilities as a hard-to-count population, which means they are at a greater risk of being undercounted in the census. The reasons for this include accessibility challenges and wider systemic inequalities. A fair and accurate census is vital for people with disabilities—and for every person in the United States. For example, the census data is used to figure out how much money the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and our local government gets for Medicaid, housing vouchers, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and education programs. When there isn’t enough money, services and programs for people with disabilities can be cut.
The Arc, its partners in the disability community, and the Census Bureau are taking proactive steps to help ensure a fair and accurate count of people with disabilities in the 2020 Census. We will share an overview of the Census Operations in Massachusetts and how we plan to overcome possible barriers to Census participation to ensure that the communities we serve are accurately counted.
- Carly Bari is a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau primarily working in Middlesex County of Massachusetts. She works to inform people about the 2020 Census and motivate them to respond to the 2020 Census. She will discuss how the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important. Prior to working with the Census Bureau, Carly spent six years writing commercial and recreational fishing regulations for the U.S. Fisheries Service.
- Ellen Taverna is the Policy Officer and Co-Director of the Becker Center for Advocacy at The Arc of Massachusetts. Ms. Taverna has served in the policy arena in Washington, D.C. since 2004. She was the Legislative Director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), a nonprofit organization of over 1,500 consumer protection attorneys and advocates where she developed strategies to forward NACA’s public policy and advocacy goals. Prior to NACA, she was the Consumer Protection Counsel at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Her disability advocacy experience is reflected in the following areas: field organizer at the Center for Disability Rights; Advocacy Committee member at The Arc of Northern Virginia and the Autism Society of Northern Virginia; Co-Chair of the Alexandria City Public Schools’ (ACPS) Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Liaison and Special Education Committee Chair at Bowen Elementary School; and parent of an autistic child. Ellen graduated from Villanova University and received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law.