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BIAA Signs Onto Letter on ACS Disability Status Questions


The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), along with 77 other organizations dedicated to supporting those with disabilities, has signed onto a letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC). The letter, which was sent to Secretary Pritzker of the Commerce Department, provides comments on the American Community Survey's (ACS) six disability status questions.

The letter notes that the current six ACS questions have undergone an extensive period of testing that took into account the complex relation that Americans have with “disability,” such as issues of stigma, self-identification, and vocabulary.

“The way that a question is asked has as much influence over the answer as any objective fact,” the letter says. “Through the use of simple language that emphasizes functional capacity and common activities, the questions as written solicit accurate and useful self-reporting of disability.”

The letter also noted that the ACS solicits the most accurate responses because it is intended to be administered to individuals with disabilities, not to heads of households as is done with many other surveys.

To read the full letter, click here

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