Archived | Autism Speaks: Subcommittee Holds Hearing on the Role of Medicaid for Americans with Disabilities | Circa January 16, 2008 #NotAnAutisticAlly

Washington, DC (January 16, 2008) – The House Committee on Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Congressman Frank J. Pallone (NJ), held a hearing on Wednesday, January 16, 2008, investigating Medicaid’s role in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

The hearing, entitled “Helping Families with Needed Care: Medicaid’s Critical Role for Americans with Disabilities,” focused on the importance of community-based care, school-based care, home-based care, and long-term care for those in the Medicaid system.

Also discussed were the attacks on Medicaid by the current Administration and the effect of various agency rules and regulations on the Medicaid population. 

We thank Congressman Nathan Deal (R- GA) for submitting testimony on behalf of Autism Speaks. 

Image of a document titled: Testimony of Autism Speaks before the health subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Helping Families With Needed Care: Medicaid’s Critical Role For Americans With Disabilities. January 16, 2008
  • Click here to read Autism Speaks’ submission to the subcommittee (PDF). (Not Available)
  • Click here to read the press release from the Committee, and to read Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Dingell’s full statement from the hearing. 


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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 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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