Where is the NAD efforts to prod the U.S, Census Bureau to conduct the census survey on
socioeconomic level (income and educational level)
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!
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