Too many people with disabilities are unable to receive the care they need to flourish and be active and independent members in their communities. The majority of people living with a disability want to live at home, but they often face challenges at finding the support they need. In order to ameliorate this, we need to emphasize and support programs that emphasize independence and support, not institutionalization. Additionally, we need to strengthen the home care workforce, ensure access to affordable long-term care, services, and support equitable and appropriate education for our children with special needs.
We believe that supporting the millions of individuals with autism and their families in this country is a priority. We will work to screen children early, particularly those from underserved backgrounds. Early screening and intervention can drastically help individuals access and acquire the skills and education they need to thrive in society. Furthermore, to help these families, we will work to expand services and support for adults and adolescents, including employment and housing assistance. We will push our state legislature to require health insurance coverage for autism services in private insurance plans as well as state marketplaces so that people with autism are not denied care.