AFAA Introduces National Public Policy Agenda to Improve the Quality and Availability of Services for Adults with Autism   | July 15, 2010 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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AFAA Introduces National Public Policy Agenda to Improve the Quality and Availability of Services for Adults with Autism 

Washington, D.C. (July 15, 2010) –Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA), a consortium of leading autism advocacy organizations and service providers, today unveiled a National Public Policy Agenda with the goal of inspiring legislative action to meet the increasing and unmet demand for effective services for adolescents and adults with the disorder. The National Policy Agenda was announced at a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. that brought together federal legislators, national policymakers and advocates for adults with autism – including individuals who have autism – to discuss priorities for action in the public and private sectors.

The AFAA National Public Policy Agenda focuses on three areas of priority: providing access to services and supports to develop important life skills; providing access to skilled direct care personnel; and providing access to – and choice within – the funding of services. Among other actions, the AFAA is calling for the expansion of appropriate housing opportunities, greater vocational supports, more training for service providers and portable, individualized funding streams for services.

“We are advocating for meaningful change that will empower adults with autism to lead independent and productive lives,” said Peter Bell, AFAA co-chair and executive vice president of Autism Speaks. “It is going to require persistence by the autism community and real leadership from our elected officials and influencers in the private sector to turn these policy priorities into meaningful action. We are not asking for a hand-out, but rather for the creation or expansion of programs that will maximize the potential of the growing number of people with autism and minimize, in the long run, the cost to society.”

The AFAA Congressional briefing – which featured remarks by honorary co-chairs Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) and Congressman Mike Doyle (PA) — was the latest step in an ongoing effort to identify key policy priorities to advocate for the needs of adults with autism to address critical challenges. An initial AFAA Think Tank in January 2009 was followed last November by a National Town Hall Meeting, which included almost 1,200 participants in sixteen locations across the country.

For more information about the AFAA and to view the full National Public Policy Agenda, visit


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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