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It's Time to be Counted: How to Take the 2020 U.S. Census Now

The 2020 Census is happening now in the United States, and the forms can be filled out online with a screen reader or other tools. Here's what you need to do.
If you are a United States resident, you hopefully received a piece of mail inviting you to visit to start the sensus process. When visiting this website, you will be asked for a 12-digit code which appears on the piece of paper. But if you are unable to read this code, you can type in your address manually and you will still be counted.

First, you can safely ignore the message about needing to use Internet Explorer and JAWS. Perhaps that message was leftover from 2010, or the website was written a long time ago. At any rate, I did mine using NVDA and Chrome and did not have any trouble.

It may be best to fill out your census when everyone is at home, which may be a pretty simple thing at the moment. For each person living at your residence on April 1, 2020, you will need to include their full name, date of birth, race, gender, and their relationship to you. It shouldn't take more than a few minutes to complete the process.

The census is vital to determining lots of things including funding for local programs, mass transit, and other government operations. Assistance is available if you lack the skills or resources to fill it out, and census workers will come knocking on your door if you ignore the notices.

If you need further guidance, the San Francisco Lighthouse is offering a virtual webinar on April 10 to help you with taing the census, reading mail, and keeping your information safe. Select the link above to register for this opportunity.

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.

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