Archived | Rethink Autism Web-Based Treatment Platform Available Through Montana Autism Waiver | Circa January 2010 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]

NEW YORK, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has approved the use of Rethink Autism (, a web-based autism treatment platform, to provide services as part of the State’s Children’s Autism Waiver.

All lessons available through Rethink Autism are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General.

The Children’s Autism Waiver is an early intervention program for young children with autism. Under the state program, a Developmental Disabilities Program-certified behavior specialist develops a treatment strategy, and the State then provides a direct support person with training and experience in providing behavioral support to children with autism. Rethink Autism will now serve as a coordinating platform that allows parents and therapists to communicate with one another and implement treatment for the child in a consistent and coordinated way.

“We applaud the State of Montana for ensuring that even if a family lives 300 miles from the closest ABA therapist, their child with autism can have access to the most effective intervention techniques through the Rethink Autism platform,” said Jamie Pagliaro, Executive Vice President of Rethink Autism. “Parents can start working with their child today with the most researched and successful teaching strategies available.”

Under the newly launched program, Montana DPHHS has allocated $2 million to implement the Children’s Autism Waiver through the State’s Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. The program will initially serve children ages 15 months through age four at enrollment.

“We are excited to have Rethink Autism’s invaluable services in our bank of programs. No other program that we have investigated, in print or online, has offered an intervention option that within a day of initiating the service has a plan to implement and a promise for a path to continue following,” said Suzanne Sterrett, Program Coordinator of the Child Development Center in Missoula.

“Rethink Autism allows for a true team effort to assess the best fit for the program, the skills of the child and the environment that supports the child. The video gives a fabulous and consistent training tool to ensure that all staff get to view the program in action. The platform really is a perfect blend of resources for us.”

Rethink Autism offers parents and teachers a comprehensive ABA-based curriculum through 1200+ video-based teaching step lessons, parent and staff training modules, an assessment tool, and progress tracking features. Geared towards children with autism from point of diagnosis through early adolescence, the curriculum spans the entire autism spectrum and covers a broad range of skills, including academics, language, social, motor, daily living, and behavior managements.

Montana families interested in learning more about this program should contact their regional Developmental Disabilities office, which can be identified at the DPHHS website ( Families can also learn more about Rethink Autism by visiting their website ( and sign up for a personal subscription.

About Rethink Autism

Rethink Autism, Inc. seeks to ensure that every child on the autism spectrum, as well as organizations serving those children, have access to effective and affordable ABA-based treatment. The company was founded in 2007, and has its headquarters at 19 West 21st Street in New York City.

Press Contact:
Jamie Pagliaro, Executive Vice President
Rethink Autism
ph: (+1) 646-257-2919 ext. 205


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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