The Autism Society, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for individuals with autism and their families, affirms that individuals with autism and other disabilities rely on Social Security for their survival. People with autism may receive Social Security’s retirement, survivors, and disability insurance benefits based on their work history, age, or eligibility category. Many depend solely on Social Security, SSI benefits, and related health coverage for their basic survival. The Autism Society believes that we must ensure that the Social Security Act and its programs remain solvent and strong.
The Autism Society believes Social Security is a protection against poverty in retirement and supports the following principles for individuals with autism and their families:
• Protect and expand the effectiveness of income support programs and their related health coverage programs in the Social Security Act, including the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (Title II), Supplemental Security Income (Title XVI), Medicare (Title XVIII) and Medicaid (Title XIX).
• Reject any proposals to privatize or otherwise diminish Social Security trust funds or revenues dedicated to the trust funds.
• Support proposals to ensure the long-term solvency (over 75 years) of the Social Security Trust Fund through adjustments that spread the costs and preserve current and future benefits.
• Reject any proposal that would further narrow the definition of disability and lead to loss of benefits for individuals with autism.
• Ensure adequate benefit levels through appropriate cost-of-living adjustments for individuals with autism.
• Reallocate Social Security payroll taxes to extend the solvency of the Disability Insurance Trust Fund.
Adopted by the Autism Society Board of Directors, 7/12/2017