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Online Mapping System Instructions


1. Start by selecting the geographic level of data for the map. Most disability information is available down to the census tract level. Block group data are available only for the category 'Disability status by employment status (P42)'.

2. Select other data characteristics from the various menus such as "disability type", "age", or "employment status".

NOTE: The first line of the subcategory is called the "universe." The universe represents the specific population group for which the question was asked.

Disability information is displayed by age groups. Here is an example:

If we select the last category of disability information 'Employment disability by employment status (PCT32)', you will see data variables are indented under various age groups, 16 to 20, 21 to 64 etc.

Under each age group you have a choice of "with an employment disability" or "no employment disability". Each of these

categories has an option of "employed" or "not employed". The census data are designed to allow comparisons of various conditions between people with and without disabilities.

Select "show" and both the map title and data will be displayed for your selections.

3. Choose "Quick map" for a default map with five legend categories.

NOTE: A title for your map was automatically generated and shown above the map. You may modify the title and add comments by returning to the mapping menu and entering the preferred information in the shaded boxes. Do not use double "quotes" in the title or comments box. The comments box allows about 100 words of descriptive information.

4. Users have the option to divide the selected variable by the population of the county or state, allowing you to show data on a per capita basis. This feature "weights" the data based on population making it easier to compare information for counties of varying sizes.

For example, if the data are not weighted, Hennepin County will have the highest ranking number of people with disabilities for all variables based on "raw numbers". Use the "rest button" to clear the denominator and return to making raw numbers.

5. The "define legend" is used to make your own legend. A map consists of two or more legend categories that correspond to the color shades in the map.

Enter the maximum value for each legend category you wish to use. If the first category is "1 to 10 persons" enter the highest value "10" in the first box. Continue entering data for up to five categories. Make sure the last category includes the highest value in your data.

Then, enter the text for each category as you would like it displayed in the legend. Finally, you can choose a palette or individual colors for your map. Enter the corresponding number to select a color.

Select the "submit" button on the top of the page to generate a new map.

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