Conference Committee Approves Increase in Budget for Autism Services and Treatment
On November 1, the joint House and Senate conference committee approved $37 million for autism services and treatment programs at the Health and Human Services’s Health Resources and Services Administration. This represents a $17 million increase over last year’s level, and is the amount authorized by the Combating Autism Act, which was signed into law last year.
Surveillance and awareness activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received $16.5 million, a $1.5 million increase over last year’s levels and the same as the levels authorized by the Combating Autism Act.
The Conference also added $1 million to the National Institutes of Health for implementation of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Under the Combating Autism Act, the IACC is charged with preparing a strategic research plan for NIH-funded autism research.
In addition, the conference committee agreed to a modified version of an amendment originally authored by Congressman Dave Weldon, which prohibits the federal government from administering any influenza vaccine containing thimerosal as a preservative to any child under 3 years of age, and includes the authority to lift this ban under certain conditions. The modified amendment was acceptable to Congressman Weldon.
President Bush has threatened to veto the Labor HHS bill because the total level of spending included in the bill is above his request. The autism community must stand by to lobby the President to sign the Labor HHS bill, and/or lobby congress to override his veto so as to ensure the realization of the autism-related funding contained in this bill.
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.