Texas Governor Signs Autism Insurance Bill Into Law
On June 15, 2007, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed legislation mandating improved insurance coverage for children with autism. This marks the second state insurance bill enacted this month, following the signing of similar legislation in South Carolina.
The bill, passed by the Texas legislature in May, mandates that insurance companies cover autism-related services for children between the ages of three and five. While the bill limits the ages for children who can benefit from this coverage, it is more specific than other state laws in spelling out which kinds of services — from ABA therapy to nutritional supplements –– must be considered.
The Texas Association of Business had urged Gov. Perry to veto the bill due to the group’s standing opposition to mandates on employers. But advocates said the measure requiring companies to cover treatment for children with autism would give families hope, save some from bankruptcy and reduce long-term costs for taxpayers.
It is estimated that Texas could save up to $771.5 million in special education costs alone within the first 10 years of the bill’s enactment.
Along with Sen. Eddie Lucio, who has been advocating for the autism insurance bill for six years, the effort to pass the legislation was spearheaded by Cynthia Singleton and a group of many dedicated Texas parents.
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 work. In 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.