Friday, July 31, 2009

Deaf Census 2010

The U.S. Census officials will make the public announcement that they have a new policy on how the census people will count legally married same-sex couples without vaguely classify them as "unmarried partner". WHAT ABOUT COUNTING DEAF PEOPLE FOR 2010 U.S. CENSUS? No official 2010 census plan to count DEAF PEOPLE in the United States so far!! Why not???

Where is the NAD efforts to prod the U.S, Census Bureau to conduct the census survey on
deaf people-
socioeconomic level (income and educational level)
geographical location
unemployment and employment rate
ratio of deaf enterpreuters
percentage of deaf cochlear implant users
and signers and oralists
deaf people with deaf or hearing parents and hearing level
social-cultural identity (hard of hearing, latened deaf and culturally deaf), etc.
and other more.

The NAD had done the last census survey on deaf people back in the late 1960s. The U.S. Census Bureau stop doing the census on deaf people back in 1890s which was too confusing for them and the public to do the determination of deaf people's identity- deaf, hard of hearing and latened deaf, ex. elderly populace.

I would not mind of being the director of "Deaf Census 2010" project unit and hire the right and qualified people. I really need the gainful employment anyway. :) Of course, I must be very impartial and netural when come to the 2010 U.S. census on deaf people. No deaf ideology involved. Time is running out!

President Obama did sign the stimulus package for the greatly increased census population ount among the minority community (Deaf America) -

Implementing the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 at the Census Bureau
To ensure a successful 2010 Decennial Census, the Recovery Act includes $1 billion to hire additional personnel for partnership and outreach efforts to minority communities and hard-to-reach populations, increase targeted media purchases, and ensure proper management of other operational and programmatic risks.

We need to rally ourselves to the U.S. Census Bureau for what about counting us as part of the 2010 U.S. Census!

Are You in a Survey or Census?
Information for Survey and Census Participants
The Census Bureau conducts a variety of censuses and surveys, not just the once-a-decade census. Every month, quarter, and year we conduct surveys with households and businesses.
We use a workforce of trained federal employees to conduct a variety of household surveys by telephone and in-person interviews, as well as the mail.
If someone from the Census Bureau has visited you, and you have any questions, you may speak directly via telephone or e-mail with your Census Bureau Regional Office.
If you have received a telephone call from someone at the Census Bureau, and you have any questions, you may speak directly via telephone or e-mail with an employee of the National Processing Center.
We Protect Your Information
The surveys we conduct provide information about social and economic conditions in the country, including employment, housing, manufacturing, trade, and many other topics. The questions we ask are used only to produce statistics, and you are never identified individually. For more information on how we protect your information, please see our Data Protection and Privacy Policy website.

ASlize yours,

Robert L. Mason (RLM),



  1. The Census will need to employ so many interpreters because many of the Deaf are unable to read forms. Guess who's really making money? The interpreters.

  2. I could be mistaken... I think we already do a 'census' of sorts. The GRI ( counts D/HH students in the primary and secondary school population all over the United States.

    Granted, extrapolating school data to the general population as a whole would be a tenous stretch. Still, it does paint a picture that Deafness is a low incidence disability. I'm not sure of the ratio, though.

    Bottom line, the numbers are quite small as far as the signing Deaf population goes. Is it worth the effort in counting these people? To what end would you hope a census accomplish?

  3. "Quite small"? What does that mean? Be more specific.

    The State of Rhode Island is "quite small" compared to New York. Should we just discount it?

  4. Anonymous, 7:26 pm,

    Why can't deaf individuals being hired as census takers among the deaf community at large?

    Perhaps with the late deafened individuals to use interpreters or classic method of "pad and pen".

    Anonymous 3:00 pm,

    We really need the census on deaf population in America for the government, organization(s) and private industries to get the whole picture of Deaf

    So we could envision the future of deaf Americans from what we will do during next ten years, etc.

    That would be a great employment opporunity for deaf Americans (temporary phase, of course).

    Gallaudet's GRI statistics only covered the pre-college deaf youngsters, not the entire deaf population. Get it?


  5. Anonymous 3:15pm,

    You surely have a good counterpoint to the Anonymous 3:00 pm like comparing the
    so-called small numbers with Rhode Island to
    New York.


  6. If you are Deaf and live in California you should be very angry for the way the census has ignored the Deaf community. I was on the Complete Complete Count Committee and beleive me when I say that the census failed to hire the Deaf, failed to outreach and educate and failed to ensure that the Deaf will count. If this makes you mad, write to the Governor of California and tell him what you think about the lack of interest the Census Bureau in California has for their Deaf community.