Assemblyman McKeon Bill Creating State Autism Registry Signed Into Law
MCKEON BILL CREATING STATE AUTISM REGISTRY
SIGNED INTO LAW
Measure Would Create Centralized System to Assist State
In Helping Children & Adults with Autism
(WEST WINDSOR) – The Governor today signed into law legislation Assemblyman John F. McKeon sponsored to create a statewide centralized autism registry to identify the scope of autism in New Jersey so the state can provide better services and care for children and adults with autism and their families.
“New Jersey has the nation’s highest reported rates of autism and this presents new challenges for families, schools and our state’s health-care network,” said McKeon (D-Essex).
“This registry will serve as an invaluable tool for the state to monitor autism cases while ensuring that New Jersey continues to provide services to meet the needs of the state’s growing autism community.”
Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr. (D-Camden), Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-Cumberland/Cape May/Atlantic) and Assemblywoman Joan Voss (D-Bergen) also joined in sponsoring the McKeon-led autism registry law.
The measure (A-2306) was included in a sweeping legislative package Speaker Roberts initiated earlier this year to improve the detection, treatment, and public awareness of autism in New Jersey.
The Governor signed elements of the package into law during a ceremony at the Eden Institute, a non-profit autism service agency in Mercer County. The event was attended by legislators, representatives of autism advocacy groups, and families who have loved ones with autism.
The new law appropriates $500,000 to support a registry that will enable the state to better analyze autism and assist in the proactive and long-term planning of programs and services for autistic residents and their families.
The law requires physicians, psychologists and all licensed health care professionals who are qualified to diagnose autism to report every case of autism they diagnose to the state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), including a listing of a respective individual’s place of birth.
Under the law, written reports are to be submitted to state, including all vital information for the health care professional who diagnosed a resident with autism, as well as the name, age and address of the child diagnosed and any additional information that may be required by the commissioner of the DHSS.
The parent or guardian of a child with autism may request that any identifying information not be reported to DHSS. Officials also would be required to keep a record of each reported case of autism in which an original diagnosis is lost, changed, or considered misdiagnosed.
Health care professionals who provide information for the registry would not be held liable for divulging any confidential information.
McKeon said the need for a significant increase in autism services was underscored by a February federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s study that found New Jersey to have the nation’s highest reported rate of autism – one of out of every 94 children. The national rate is one out of 150 children.
“These statistics show that New Jersey is facing a growing challenge,” said McKeon. “New Jersey must remain steadfast as a national leader in taking decisive action to provide autistic residents and their families the vital services that they need.”
The cause of autism remains unknown. It is a disorder that impairs the central nervous system, compromising an individual’s ability to listen, speak, and form social relationships. The condition often is marked with highly focused, repetitive behavior.
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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.