The Census Bureau has launched the 2010 Census Language Assistance Program to help residents in different ethnic communities who don’t speak English complete their census form. Building on the success of the Census 2000 Language Assistance Program, the Census Bureau offers several resources to help each community achieve an accurate 2010 Census count. The Language Assistance Program also helps reduce the cost of the 2010 Census by decreasing the number of census takers that must go door-to-door to assist residents when filling out the form.
For the first time in the history of the Census, Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) will be available to assist non-English speakers. In addition to the English census form, in-language forms in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese are available for order over the phone through a toll free number. Bilingual census personnel at QACs also can help non-English speakers fill out English forms that they receive in the mail. Residents can contact their Regional Census Center for a list of local QACs if they need assistance in completing the census form.
In addition, Language Assistance Guides are available upon request in 59 languages, and are used to explain how to complete an English-language census form. Residents can find these guides at their local Questionnaire Assistance Centers. The guide is also available to read, download or print at www.2010Census.gov. This website also includes an informational video in different languages explaining step-by-step instructions for filling out the census form. In addition, non-English speakers can call Telephone Questionnaire Assistance at1-866-872-6868 after February 25 in order to request to be sent a different language guide.
The Census Bureau encourages state and local government officials and community leaders to help their community receive its fair share of federal funding. Their local, targeted efforts will reach the hard-to-count populations in their communities through messaging about the Language Assistance Program resources and services. Local leaders speak the language and know the pulse of the local community, which can help ensure that everyone has the ability to participate in the 2010 Census. For example, the Piast Institute in Chicago is providing resources to Polish American residents for the 2010 Census. Similarly, the Arab-American Institute (AAI) is publishing useful information for Arab-Americans on their website, www.aaiusa.org.
Residents can contact their Regional Census Center for a list of local Questionnaire Assistance Centers if you need assistance in completing the census form. For those who feel that they may not have been counted can visit a Be Counted site to obtain a census form.
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