Civil Rights News: U.S. Census to Start Using Internet Surveys; Hiring of Autistic Employees Increasing; Obama Admin. Making Gains Against Homelessness

Census to Offer Internet Option in Gov’t Surveys

Hope Yen
Associated Press

Touting the potential for cost savings, the U.S. Census Bureau has announced plans to start using Internet-based forms to supplement the traditional mail-in surveys it uses to collect information about the U.S. population. Civil rights leaders however have raised concerns about the need to ensure that a shift to Internet-based surveys does not lead to exclusion.  “An Internet option cannot come at the expense of reaching hard-to-count communities. Because of disparities in Internet access, this is no silver bullet to increasing response rates and could make racial and language minorities, as well as rural residents, even harder to count than they are now,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of various civil rights groups.

On the Job: Autistic Excel at Detail, Repetition

Anita Bruzzese

A highly visible generation of young Americans who have an Autism-spectrum disorder are reaching working age, and employers are learning to embrace the skills this population can bring to the job.  As USA Today reports, “These employers are making employment inclusive and don’t isolate autistic workers or give them only limited tasks.”

How to Fight Homelessness

The New York Times

New York Times editorial commends the Obama administration’s focus on reducing homelessness, especially among veterans and those facing chronic housing troubles .  The Times points to data showing that the number of homeless veterans declined by more than 17 percent between January 2009 and January of this year and by more than 19 percent between 2007 and 2012 for the chronically homeless. The editorial calls on for the expansion of “rental assistance programs that could help these at-risk families find permanent housing before their only choice is between the streets and temporary shelter.”

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One Response to Civil Rights News: U.S. Census to Start Using Internet Surveys; Hiring of Autistic Employees Increasing; Obama Admin. Making Gains Against Homelessness

  1. Yolanda says:

    Amazing stars will speak up for those outside of USA, but we continue to see human rights violations committed against our own most vulnerable citizens right here in USA. For example, the recent case of two caregivers caught on tape eye gouging, pulling hair and slamming to ground. kicking and punching autistic man in face and stomach. Where is the outcry here in the USA? Caregivers Michael dale Garritson and Matthew Mcduffie caught on tape kicking, punching non verbal autistic man. Plead not guilty and tried to get charges dropped to misdemeanor charges, as if punching an autistic man in face and stomach is a minor issue and repeatedly eye gouging the autistic man, yanking him by hair and slamming him to ground, is a minor, acceptable way to care, comfort and protect our most vulnerable citizens. No way. These evil caregivers show no remorse. No shame. It takes a special kind of criminal to intimidate, harm or otherwise torment a defenseless non verbal disabled young man. Prison time is in order for these men.

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