[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]


September 25, 2009

Menendez Press Office 202‐224‐4744


Treatments for autism, other behavioral health conditions, included as part of benefits standard in plans that are part of new insurance exchange

WASHINGTON – Late last night in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Senator Robert Menendez (D‐NJ) scored a victory for families affected by behavioral health conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. As part of Finance’s health insurance reform bill, Menendez gained inclusion of his amendment that will add behavioral health treatment to the minimum benefits package that all plans must provide in the new health insurance exchanges.

“A major goal of real health insurance reform is to ensure that insurance plans won’t deny coverage for necessary and important services – and that certainly includes behavioral health treatment,” said Menendez. “With the highest rate of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the nation, the people of New Jersey certainly understand how important it is not only to have access to this type of treatment but to have insurance coverage for it. Families affected by these conditions shouldn’t have to worry about going bankrupt because of it, and we are trying to help ensure that they don’t.”

The new health insurance exchange that would be created under health insurance reform would be a pool of various insurance plans available to families without employer‐sponsored insurance, Medicaid, Medicare or insurance through the Veterans Administration. This amendment ensures that plans in the exchange must cover behavioral health treatments as part of the minimum benefits standard.


Afshin Mohamadi
Communications Director
Sen. Robert Menendez (D‐NJ)
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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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