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Information drives change. Statistics are a powerful form of information used in policymaking, program evaluation, research, and advocacy. Statistics are frequently used to frame the issues, monitor current circumstances and progress, judge the effectiveness of policies and programs, make projections about the future, and predict the costs of potential policy changes. They are particularly powerful when they address the specific populations in question. For instance, the great benefit of the decennial census is its ability to provide very local information.Statistics about the population with disabilities and about the government programs that serve people with disabilities—disability statistics—are often difficult to find. Numerous government agencies generate and publish disability statistics, and as a result, disability statistics are scattered and buried in documents and websites all across the federal and state governments.
Facts & Figures: The 2011 Annual Report on Disability in New Hampshire and To The Point: An Introduction to Disability in the Granite State are publications of the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire focusing on the population with disabilities in New Hampshire.