Autism Speaks Expresses Disappointment on Michigan Senate Failure to Approve Insurance Reform Legislation | Dec. 3, 2010 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Expresses Disappointment on Michigan Senate Failure to Approve Insurance Reform Legislation

LANSING, Mich. (December 3, 2010) – Autism Speaks advocates today expressed great disappointment regarding the Michigan Senate’s failure to approve Autism insurance reform legislation.

Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services for Autism Speaks, issued the following statement:

“Today is a sad day for tens of thousands of people in Michigan with autism and their families, the result of a misguided fiscal decision that will actually cost taxpayers $14 billion in the coming years and will continue to subject children with autism to the discriminatory practices of the insurance companies. Autism Speaks thanks those legislators who supported this effort in both the House and Senate, including Representative Kathy Angerer (Dundee), Senators Randy Richardville (Monroe) and Tupac A. Hunter (Detroit), and Representative Brian Calley (Portland), Michigan’s lieutenant governor-elect, who was instrumental in helping persuade his colleagues of the need for the legislation. We will not stop fighting until every child with autism in Michigan has access to the treatments they need and deserve.”

Dave Meador, CFO of DTE Energy & co-founder of the Autism Alliance of Michigan, issued the following statement:

“While we are extremely disappointed that the Senate has opted to maintain the status quo – we are pleased that this important issue has risen to the forefront through our efforts to educate and inform state leaders. We will continue to work for what is fiscally responsible and can save Michigan’s autistic children from lifelong dependency. We look forward to continuing to stand up for Michigan’s children on this important issue in the next phase of a multiple-step journey.”


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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