“I am a transgender woman of color on the autism spectrum. I answered the 2020 Census to give people with disabilities a fair chance,” says Elizabeth Graham, who wants to ensure that everyone has access to healthcare.
As the Autism Waiver Service Coordinator of The Arc of Prince George’s County, Elizabeth Graham helps families with children access Medicaid services, so they receive support in their homes. Elizabeth, who is also on the autism spectrum, knows firsthand how getting counted in the census helps fund support and services for people with disabilities.
As an expanding and downloadable series of video stories, quote graphics, and infographics, ‘Stories for Change’ helps census digital organizers keep their focus on getting people counted by employing authentic storytelling as a powerful organizing tool.
‘Stories for Change’ is a joint initiative of NextDayBetter and Census Counts. It features census advocates connecting census participation to a wide spectrum of advocacy, including racial justice, immigration, disability, labor, and faith. Each featured storyteller speaks directly to their communities on the opportunity the 2020 Census presents to claim the funding, resources, and political power they deserve.
When people see themselves in the census, when they understand the future they could build with more resources and more political power, they get counted. ‘Stories for Change’ is made possible with the collaboration of community organizations such as Arab American Institute, Arab Resource Organizing Center, The Arc, and Faith in Public Life.