Autism Speaks | Autism Insurance Bill Introduced in Illinois State Legislature | February 21, 2008 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

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Autism Insurance Bill Introduced in Illinois State Legislature

(ILLINOIS – February 21, 2008) Illinois has become the latest state to introduce autism insurance reform legislation. Illinois Senate bill 1900 was introduced this week in committee by Senator James DeLeo, and will include coverage for therapies such as applied behavioral analysis and other evidence-based, medically-necessary treatments. A lobbying day for parents and organizations in support of SB 1900 is planned for April 15th in Springfield, Ill. 

Peter DiCianni, the father of a young daughter with autism, Lee Jorwic, the Autism Speaks Chapter Advocacy Chair in Illinois, and the father of an 18 year old son diagnosed with autism, and Christopher Kennedy of Autism Society of Illinois, a long time advocate of autism legislation in Illinois and the father of a daughter with autism, are working to build a coalition of autism organizations in Illinois to help move this bill forward. Watch for updates on what you can do to help pass SB 1900 in Illinois.


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Note/Warning:

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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