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Autism Speaks Applauds Senate Members for Passing Autism Insurance Reform Legislation
Virginia Senate Passes Senate Bill 1062, Legislation That Will Help End Discrimination Against Children With Autism
NEW YORK, NY (February 9, 2011) — Autism Speaks yesterday joined Virginia families, the Virginia Autism Project, and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding the members of the Virginia Senate for their passage of Senate Bill 1062, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA). The bill passed by a vote of 28 to 11 and will now crossover for consideration by the House of Delegates.
SB 1062 was sponsored in the Senate by State Senator Janet Howell (District 32). The bill will require insurance coverage of autism therapies for children between the ages of 2 and 6, which is a critical period for administering early intensive intervention therapies for a child with autism. A companion bill, House Bill 2467, was passed by the House of Delegates last week and has been crossed over to the Senate for consideration.
“Autism Speaks applauds the members of the Virginia Senate for passing SB 1062, which will extend a helping hand to families that have been financially devastated by the lack of insurance coverage for necessary autism therapies,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services. “We are grateful for the leadership of Senator Howell on this issue and now call on both chambers to move the bills forward, allowing Virginia to join the ranks of states that have recognized the unfair and unreasonable burden being imposed on families of children with autism.”
“For eleven years parents of children with autism have appealed for help,” said Senator Howell. “Finally, the House has joined the Senate in requiring insurance companies to cover the most effective treatment. The bill is targeted to help kids with autism ages two to six achieve their full potential. The families and Autism Speaks are to be commended for their determination and perseverance.”
To date, twenty-three states – Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin – have enacted autism insurance reform legislation. Several other state legislatures will introduce similar legislation during the current 2011 session.
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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.