Autism Speaks | Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio Announces the Creation of the House Select Committee on Autism and Developmental Disorders | April 4, 2008 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio Announces the Creation of the House Select Committee on Autism and Developmental Disorders

(Tallahassee, FL – April 4, 2008)  Today Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio announced the creation of a special committee, the House Select Committee on Autism and Developmental Disorders.  The Committee is tasked with considering ways to best utilize public and private resources to assist families in Florida with children coping with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities.  

State Representative Andy Gardiner has been appointed to chair the Committee.  In his letter to Representative Gardiner, Speaker Rubio suggests that the current bill before the House, which requires private insurance companies to provide coverage of autism-related services, should be reviewed as one solution.

The Committee’s first meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 8 and a final report of the Committee’s findings and recommendations will be submitted no later than April 15, 2008.  Recommendations for legislation that are made by the Committee will be taken up by the Health Care Council, chaired by Representative Aaron Bean.

Other members appointed to the Special Committee include:

  • Rep. Bil Galvano (Vice Chair)
  • Rep. Loranne Ausley
  • Rep. Ari Porth
  • Rep. Jimmy Patronis
  • Rep. Will Weatherford
  • Rep. Dennis Ross
  • Rep. Audrey Gibson
  • Rep. Joseph Gibbons
  • Rep. Anitere Flores
  • Rep. Juan Zapata
  • Rep. Marti Coley
  • Rep. Stephen Precourt

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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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