Autism Speaks | A Special Message from Governor Rick Snyder: Health and Wellness (PDF avail.) | Sept. 14, 2011 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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

September 14, 2011

A Special Message from Governor Rick Snyder: Health and Wellness

To Michiganders and the Michigan Legislature:

To build a stronger Michigan, we must build a healthier Michigan. My vision is for Michiganders to be healthy, productive individuals, living in communities that support health and wellness, with ready access to an affordable, patient-centered and community-based system of care…..

Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability

Behavioral health is essential to general health….

Finally, Michigan faces significant health care challenges posed by autism. Autism is a
pervasive developmental disorder that affects 1 out of every 110 children born today.

Autism diagnoses are increasing rapidly with no known cause or cure. Without treatment, the average lifetime cost to Michigan of a single person suffering from autism is $3.7 million. With early treatment, however, children can achieve much better outcomes and many of these costs can be avoided. Half of diagnosed children can reach normal functionality with appropriate assessment and treatment. Another 40% will show significant improvement. Results are best when treatment is received early.

Michigan is considered one of the 10 worst states in which to raise a child with autism. This is because evidenced-based treatment is largely excluded from insurance coverage. With such widespread exclusion of coverage, treatment options are nearly or totally non-existent throughout most of the state. To date, 27 other states have implemented changes in law to require insurers to cover evidence based therapies for autism that will save taxpayers billions of dollars. It is time for Michigan to join the majority of states in this effort to contain costs and give families access to clinically proven treatment.


In order to see real improvement in our public health, and to make rising health care costs as manageable as possible, all levels of government, the private sector, and individual Michiganders have a part to play. Government and the private sector can and should empower Michiganders with the tools necessary to access quality health care and live a healthy lifestyle. We should act expeditiously and with compassion. At the same time, Michiganders can improve the quality of their own lives, while also reducing the economic burden of health care expenditures, by assuming personal responsibility for their own health and wellness.

Health is the foundation for Michigan’s economic transformation—it allows our children to thrive and learn, it readies our graduates for meaningful careers, and it permits our current workforce to grow and adapt to a dynamic economy. In this message, we lay the groundwork for a healthier Michigan, a Michigan in which residents of all ages prosper and contribute.


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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