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Autism Speaks Applauds the Introduction of the ABLE Accounts Act – s. 493
NEW YORK, NY (February 27, 2009) — Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauded Senators Robert Casey (D-PA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) for introducing S. 493, the ABLE Accounts Act of 2009, which would encourage individuals with autism and other disabilities and their families to save, tax-free, for disability-related expenses. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and Sam Brownback (R-KS) are the bill’s original co-sponsors.
The ABLE Accounts Act of 2009 – or Achieving a Better Life Experience Act – would amend the IRS code to provide for the establishment of savings accounts “for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life.” Similar in many respects to existing 529 college savings plans, these accounts will be exempt from federal taxation, provided certain rules are met. The legislation’s intent is to supplement rather than to replace benefits provided by other sources, including Medicaid and private insurance.
Accounts will have a contribution limit of $500,000 but will grow tax free and will not have any effect on the disabled individual’s ability to collect from other means tested federal programs, such as Medicaid, food stamps, and federal housing assistance. Allowable expenses include: preschool education; postsecondary education; tutoring; special education services; training; employment supports; personal assistance supports; community-based supports; respite care; clothing; assistive technology; home modifications; out-of-pocket medical, vision, or dental expenses; transportation vehicle purchases or modifications; insurance premiums; habilitation and rehabilitation services; funeral and burial expenses; and other services or products allowed by regulation.
“We commend Senators Casey, Dodd, Hatch, Brownback, Burr and Kennedy for spearheading the legislative process to create these vitally important savings accounts, which will reduce an unreasonable financial burden for millions of families and end discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the federal tax code,” said Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks. “If parents are entitled to save, tax-free, to send their child to Yale, they should be able to save in the same way to help every child meet his or her full potential.”
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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 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.