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The Video - Drilling Down

In these FAQs, we flesh out the video with a closer look at the numbers of seriously disabled children and adults, the inadequacy of government benefits, and the challenges we need to address to build a bigger and better system of private financial care.

Q: What do you mean when you say seriously disabled?

A: Seriously disabled includes adults under age  65 who, because of how seriously they’re affected by their particular disability, aren’t able to engage in self-supporting work and qualify for government benefits based on their disability, whatever its nature. Seriously disabled children are those who are at real risk of being unable to engage in self-supporting work as adults—again,whatever the nature of their disability.  

Q: How many seriously disabled children and adults under age 65 live in the United States?

A: About 11.5 million adults ages 18-64 are so seriously disabled that they receive government benefits. We estimate there are approximately 1.5 million children who are seriously disabled. So, altogether, there are about 13 million seriously disabled children and men and women under age 65 in the United States.  

Q: Are your efforts focused on people who have autism spectrum disorders?

A: We’re working to promote private financial care for people whatever the nature of their disability. However, people with autism spectrum disorders make up a substantial group. One in every 110 children born will have an autism spectrum disorder. The Center for Disease Control estimates that there are 730,000 people between birth and age twenty-one with an autism spectrum disorder. A significant number of these children and young adults are seriously disabled.  

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