Archived | Rethink Autism: Wisconsin Extends Medicaid Waiver to Cover Innovative Web-Based Autism Treatment Program | Circa June 15, 2010 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

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Wisconsin Extends Medicaid Waiver to Cover Innovative Web-Based Autism Treatment Program

NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire/ — The State of Wisconsin has expanded the State’s care for children with autism through its Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) Medicaid Waiver, which now covers a family’s use of the Rethink Autism program ( This will be an important source of continued services for families who are no longer receiving intensive services.

The CLTS Medicaid Waiver covers the Rethink Autism program for children and youth with autism under the age of 22 who have an autism diagnosis, and is available in all counties across Wisconsin.  Families interested in learning more can contact their local county human services agency ( responsible for administering the CLTS Waiver Program.

Wisconsin families who are either waiting for intensive in-home autism treatment services or who are looking to complement their existing treatment plan will benefit from the Rethink Autism program.

Rethink Autism’s unique web-based program provides parents with a comprehensive evidence-based curriculum through 1,200+ video-based teaching steps, parent training modules, an assessment tool, and progress tracking features. The curriculum, endorsed by leaders in the field of autism treatment and research, spans the entire autism spectrum and covers a broad range of skills, including academics, language, social, motor, daily living, and behavior managements.

The expanded Medicaid Waiver coverage will benefit a large number of Wisconsin families. In the 2007-2008 school year, 6,217 children with autism ages 3-21 were eligible and received special education services in Wisconsin according to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.

“We are excited to have Wisconsin join Montana in extending Medicaid coverage for Rethink Autism’s program,” said Jamie Pagliaro, Executive Vice President of Rethink Autism. “There are tens of thousands of children on the spectrum in dire need of effective and affordable services and these state-based mandates represent an important step in helping these families.”

About Rethink Autism

Rethink Autism, Inc. seeks to ensure that every child on the autism spectrum has access to effective and affordable evidence-based treatment options by providing professionals, parents, and family members with the tools and information necessary to teach children with autism in a way that is easy to understand and apply. Rethink Autism was founded in 2007 and has its headquarters at 19 West 21st Street in New York City.

Contact: Jamie Pagliaro (Executive Vice President, Rethink Autism);
email: / ph: 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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