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New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief Report to Governor Recommends Severe Cuts to Special Education
(December 11, 2008) On December 1, 2008, the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief, chaired by Thomas Suozzi, released a report proposing that the state government make severe cuts in funding for special education and services for people with autism and other disabilities.
The report to Governor David A. Paterson contained the following recommended cost saving measures. The Commission believes that…
- “Inflexible staffing mandates” that require pupil-teacher-aide ratios should be eliminated as a cost-saving measure.
- Class size mandates should be repealed and schools should be permitted to establish class size based on their students’ needs.
- There should be no mandatory minimum service levels for special education. Levels should be determined by the CSE’s. This would give power to the district to provide speech, OT, PT, etc. as it sees fit.
- The state should push for a change of the federal guidelines to reduce or remove payment for transportation of special education children.
- The state should dramatically accelerate the integration of special education with general education by dismissing the formal classification procedure.
- The state should shift the burden of proof in hearings when families appear with representation.
- The state should shorten the statute of limitations for non-approved private schools reimbursement cases from two years to ninety days
Normally the legislature doesn’t meet until January but the Governor has asked that the State Senate and Asssembly convene again on December 16 to work on the budget.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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.