Archived | e-Speaks: New Autism Insurance Reform Bills; Family Services Committee Requests Grant Proposals; ATN 2008 Achievements | Circa Jan 23, 2009 #NotAnAutisticAlly


Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.


The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.


Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.


[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.



Note: Links are original and probably don’t work.

e-Speaks || January 23, 2009

Six New Autism Insurance Reform Bills Introduced

Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, Utah and Washington have kicked off their 2009 legislative sessions with the introduction of autism insurance reform bills, joining New Jersey, Michigan and Virginia, which currently have active bills making their way through their respective state legislatures. All nine bills are supported and endorsed by Autism Speaks, and require private insurance companies to provide coverage of medically necessary, evidence-based autism therapies, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Each bill has been referred to a committee and is awaiting a hearing. For more information and to take action on these bills, click the following links: Kansas — “Kate’s Law (Senate Bill 12); Massachusetts — House Bill 0067_001; Missouri — Senate Bill 167; Mississippi — House Bill 720; Utah — “Clay’s Law” Senate Bill 43; Washington — “Shayan’s Law” (House Bill 1210, Senate Bill 5203).


Family Services Committee Requests Grant Proposals

Autism Speaks is again seeking proposals to fund projects that will enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders. Proposals for these family services grants are sought in the following areas: Recreation/Community Activities; Education; Equipment/Support Technology; or Young Adult/Adult Services. Educators, trainers and services providers who work with individuals with autism are invited to apply. Applications are due by June 25, 2009. Since the inception of Autism Speaks’ Family Services Community Grant program in December 2007, over $1.4 million has been awarded to more than 70 community programs across the nation. 

Read more

Autism Treatment Network Announces 2008 Achievements

The culmination of the first 12 months of work by ATN clinicians was unveiled at the Annual Autism Treatment Network (ATN) Program Meeting, held this past December in Santa Monica, Calif. The primary aim of the meeting was to elicit comment on the draft procedures, tools and related documentation developed over the preceding year to support the establishment of consensus guidelines for the screening and treatment of autism and commonly associated conditions, including sleep disturbances and gastrointestinal complaints. Read more

Autism Speaks Renews Support of IAN

In December 2008, Autism Speaks board of directors approved $2.2 million over the next two years to support the Interactive Autism Network’s (IAN) continuing development. Since its inception, IAN has registered over 27,000 families, including over 10,000 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Over the next two years, IAN proposes to increase the number of its registrants, expand research-related services, enhance scientific interactions and collaboration and expand its revenue base. Read more

Autism Speaks Kicks Off Yearlong Partnership with Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage

Autism Speaks announced a yearlong partnership with new musical stage show Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town, where special discounted performances will be available to children with autism and their families. Many of the selected venues will feature “quiet rooms” for families who may need them. Additionally, one dollar from each ticket sold for these special performances will be donated to Autism Speaks. Read more

Encourage Your House of Worship to Celebrate Autism Sunday

Autism campaigners are urging world leaders and church leaders everywhere to speak out on autism on Autism Sunday, the International Day of Prayer for autism spectrum disorders. Autism Sunday takes place on February 8, 2009. Click here to learn more about Autism Sunday and to access resources for families and church leaders.


Raise Money for Autism Speaks Just by Surfing the Web 

Did you know that you can raise money for Autism Speaks just by searching the internet? GoodSearch is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue to the charities its users designate. Start using GoodSearch now!

 In Their Own Words: Jake’s Song

In our latest “In Their Own Words” essay, a mother tells how her formerly non-verbal son showed great progress by singing a song about the presidents that she had taught him. Read more


Coming SoonJan. 29 
Broward County Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Davie, Fla.)

Feb. 6 
Cumberland Tri-State Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Cumberland, Md.) 

Feb. 7
Lehigh Valley Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Allentown, Penn.) 

Spring Walk Now for Autism events begin on February 21, 2009. 
Find a Walk near you! 


© 2009 Autism Speaks, Inc. 

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Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.


The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.


Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.


[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.





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