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Organizers Forum: Census Outreach Inside & Outside Disability Communities

We must make sure that people with disabilities are counted in the 2020 census, to ensure recognition of our diverse communities in every way — program funding, voting, city planning, education, employment, and more. Join the call to learn about and discuss how we can make sure disabled people participate in the census, despite the barriers. We’ll hear from people who have planned census outreach targeting people with disabilities, and we’ll learn from people doing census outreach in other marginalized communities.


  • Vanessa Cuellar and Allie Cannington, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
  • Erika Hudson, National Disability Rights Network
  • Others to be announced.

We’ll be on video! Use the Zoom link above and turn on your webcam, or you can just call in from your phone. Please test your webcam and speakers before the call.

Accommodations & CART:

  • The call will have real-time captioning (CART) at: No username and password needed, when you log on at the time of the call.
  • To ask questions via CART: Sign-in to the chat function on the right side of the transcript and type your question. One of the call facilitators will read questions posted there. You can also type questions through the Zoom video portal.
  • Because we want to maximize the generously donated CART services, we will begin the call promptly at 1:00 p.m. and end the call promptly at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.
  • Thank you to the National Disability Leadership Alliance for sponsoring the captioning of this call. Thank you to Senior and Disability Action for providing the video conference service.
  • If you need additional accommodations to participate in the call, please let us know as soon as possible. 

Mark your calendars! The Organizer’s Forum has a call on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern.


The Organizing Workgroup of the National Disability Leadership Alliance hosts these calls the third Tuesday of every month as a resource for disability organizers, in an effort toward building the organizing capacity of the disability community across the country. They generally follow the format of a Welcome followed by 2-3 experts in a given area speaking for a few minutes on their experiences, advice and challenges. The calls include a 20-30 minute question and answer period.

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