[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Connecticut Families Participate in the Second Autism Speaks Autism Forum
Meriden, CT (January 28, 2009) – Crowding the Hall at New Life Church in Meriden, Conn. this past Sunday, families affected by autism all across Connecticut had the opportunity to learn more about what legislative actions were moving towards helping those living with autism.
Moderated by Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-5), panelists included Connecticut State Representative Cathy Abercrombie, Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Autism Coordinator Kathy Reddington, Connecticut Healthcare Advocate and parent to two adults with autism Kevin Lembo and Autism Speaks Regional Director State Advocacy Relations and mother to a son with autism, Judith Ursitti. Topics ranged from both state and federal autism insurance reform, adult services and job training, state early intervention services, paraprofessional training, teacher training and bullying. Participants learned of Senate Bill 301 to address state autism insurance reform and President Obama’s plans to include autism in his federal insurance coverage mandate.
Panelists agreed that there was so too much to discuss in one short session, and encouraged attendees to contact their legislators to encourage their support for autism specific legislation.
Pictured Above 1: Autism Speaks Autism Forum panelists; Representative Cathy Abercrombie, Department of Developmental Services Autism Coordinator Kathy Reddington, Connecticut Healthcare Advocate Kevin Lembo, Autism Speaks Regional Director State Advocacy Relations Judith Ursitti.
Pictured Above 2: CT Congressman Chris Murphy talks with parents
More With Autism Votes
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 work. In 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.