Autism Speaks Joins Rhode Island Autism Community in Applauding House for Passing Autism Insurance Reform Bill | June 22, 2011 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Joins Rhode Island Autism Community in Applauding House for Passing Autism Insurance Reform Bill

Advocates Call for Swift Enactmentby Gov. Chafee

NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2011) – Autism Speaks joins Rhode Island families in applauding the members of the House for their 71-2 vote yesterday in support of House Bill 5275, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA.) A companion bill (SB 107) was voted out of the Senate unanimously last week. Once the Senate and House concur on each other’s measure, the bill will go to Gov. Lincoln Chafee for his signature to make Rhode Island the 27th state to enact such a law.

Sponsored in the Rhode Island House by Rep. Peter Palumbo (D-16,) HB 5275 includes coverage of behavioral health treatments, such as ABA therapy. The bill, as amended, requires coverage for individuals up to age 15, with an annual ABA benefit of $32,000.

“Autism Speaks applauds the members of the Rhode Island House for passing HB 5275, 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 Representative Palumbo, as well as Senator Edward O’Neill and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed. We now call on Governor Chafee to sign the bill into law, allowing Rhode Island to join the ranks of states that have recognized the unfair and unreasonable burden being imposed on families of children with autism.”

Many states do not require private insurance companies to cover even essential autism treatments and services. In the absence of coverage, families often pay as much as they can out-of-pocket for services that can cost upwards of $50,000 per year. In the process, many risk their homes and the educations of their unaffected children – essentially mortgaging their entire futures.

“Rhode Island must do what it can to ensure that autistic children receive the treatment they need in order to combat the disorder,” said Representative Palumbo, who chairs a legislative commission which has been studying the education of children with autism since 2009. “Coverage will break down barriers to necessary services which, for the most severely affected, can cost $50,000 a year or more.”

To date, 26 states, including every state surrounding Rhode Island, have enacted autism insurance reform legislation. The last remaining state in the Northeast, New York, has also moved a bill though the legislature which awaits final action in Albany.

To learn more about Autism Votes, an initiative of Autism Speaks focused on federal and state legislative advocacy, please 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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