Autism Speaks Applauds Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. For Enacting Autism Insurance Reform Bill | June 3, 2009 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Applauds Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. For Enacting Autism Insurance Reform Bill

Colorado Becomes Twelfth State in the Nation with Comprehensive Autism Insurance Reform

NEW YORK, NY (June 3, 2009) — Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, yesterday joined the Colorado autism community to praise Governor Bill Ritter Jr. for signing into law Senate Bill 09-244, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. Colorado is now the twelfth state in the country to enact comprehensive autism insurance reform.

The Colorado law requires insurers to provide coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, a recognized effective, evidence-based treatment for children with autism. SB 09-244 was sponsored by State Senator Brandon Shaffer (D-17) in the State Senate and was shepherded through the State House by Representative Dianne Primavera.

“Health care reform is a central part of the Colorado Promise and my strategy for leading Colorado forward,” Gov. Ritter said. “Over the last 2½ years, we’ve increased availability, improved quality and addressed costs. The bills I am signing today will help continue our efforts to build a strong, sustainable health care system for Colorado.”

“The new Colorado law represents another major step in the national effort to secure autism insurance coverage and provide families the help they so desperately need and deserve,” said Elizabeth Emken, Autism Speaks Vice President of Government Relations. “Legislatures across the country are introducing and passing bills that put an end to the discriminatory practices by insurance companies against children with an autism diagnosis. We thank Colorado’s legislators and Governor Bill Ritter Jr. for having the courage to put families and their needs first”.

In many states, insurers explicitly exclude coverage of these therapies from policies, which places a significant financial burden on families seeking to provide their children with necessary services. Colorado is the fourth state to pass autism insurance reform this year, and joins eleven other states – Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas – that have passed similar autism insurance reform bills. Connecticut has a similar bill awaiting signature by the governor.


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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