This Week's Facts:
Take 10 Challenge Encourages Call to Action
The U.S. Census Bureau has initiated a Take 10 campaign to encourage people to take the lead in motivating our communities to fill out their census questionnaires and mail them back in. Here are some suggestions:
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
The week of March 15-21 is Brain Awareness Week! Started by the Dana Foundation in 1996, its purpose is to promote the progress and benefits of brain research. A coalition of government agencies, hospitals, universities and nonprofits unit to educate their communities about the wonders of the brain and brain research. Your community may have displays at museums, libraries and even the local mall. There are partners in Brain Awareness Week all over the world; to see a list of organizations in Indiana that are involved, check out this link from the Dana Foundation.
There are also ongoing projects meant to educate people on the importance of keeping their brain healthy. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) runs the Sara Bellum Blog specifically geared toward teenagers. Here, teens can find out the science behind drug-induced brain damage. The National Institute of Health has a several websites that deal with a variety of brain-related topics. Patrons may be interested in learning about mental illness, neurological disorders and the effects of aging.
Arts+ People with disabilities = opportunities! ArtsWORK Indiana is a group-wide effort to provide people with disabilities professionally related careers in the arts. In the fall of 2004, a statewide forum was created to address the issue of the arts as careers for people with disabilities. In addition to job creation, ArtsWORK Indiana performs outreach activities by educating, entertaining and providing insight into the lives of the disabled. This organization relies on volunteers to assist with programs and opportunities to enhance the lives of the disabled in the community. Meetings are open to everyone and are held on the fourth Thursday of the month. For more information on this program or about the Arts, please visit the Indiana Arts Commission’s website.
The Indiana Department of Administration issued a news release Tuesday that contained press events for the coming weeks concerning the census in Indiana. The release is as follows: “This week households across Indiana receive their 2010 federal census forms. The governor is issuing a proclamation which encourages ‘all Hoosiers to promptly complete the census questionnaire when received’. Between now and April 1st (Census Day), the state is conducting ten press events emphasizing the importance of the census and the many ways it impacts Indiana.
The schedule of events includes:
Did you receive a 2010 Census form this week with the wrong address? Take a look at this flyer from the Census Bureau that shows you what to do. One thing the flyer does not say is that you may also call a Census Bureau Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center. Also, Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Be Counted sites were posted yesterday on the 2010 Census main page under “Need Help with Your Form?” which leads you to The Take 10 Challenge Map where you can find a help center by city or zip code. Other frequently asked questions (FAQs) about this year’s census form can be answered using the Questions You May Have portion of the 2010 Census website.
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