Archived | Autism Speaks: Override Veto Lost by Two Votes | November 20, 2007 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Override Veto Lost by Two Votes

On Thursday night, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to override President Bush’s veto of the fiscal year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill by a margin of just two votes. This legislation contains the actual funding for the provisions of the Combating Autism Act (CAA), the critical legislation passed last year that authorized $940 million in funding for autism research, surveillance, treatment and intervention over the next five years. The bill contained significant increases in all HHS programs for autism.

The failure of the House to override President Bush’s veto is a huge disappointment. There is a significant dispute between the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill on the overall funding levels for the bill. Unfortunately, the funding for the CAA is caught in the middle of this battle. Autism Speaks is committed to fully funding the implementation of the CAA, and will continue to look for avenues to do so as Congress winds up its work for the year next month.

It is entirely possible your Congressman will have another opportunity to vote on an appropriations bill that will decide the fate of the funding for the Combating Autism Act.

Listed below are the results of the vote to override President Bush’s veto of the appropriations bill that included funding of the Combating Autism Act. Represented are two groups: those Congressmen who knowingly voted against research dollars for your children, and those who simply failed as your representatives on this matter to cast a vote at all.

If only two of the following Representatives had chosen to vote “yes” on the veto override, almost all the funds authorized by the CAA would have been appropriated in the Fiscal Year 2008 budget. Another way to look at it, if only two of the Representatives listed below had bothered to vote, and voted “yes”, we would have received millions of dollars for research in 2008 specifically allocated for autism.

We encourage you to express gratitude to those who did vote “yes” for this bill and to express your thoughts to those who chose to vote against funding the Combating Autism Act this year and those who, again, chose not to participate in this vote at all.

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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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