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Michigan Autism Insurance Reform Coalition
120 North Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kim Gaedeke September 14, 2011 248.330.0868


— Support of Senate Bills 414 and 415 Seen as Major Step Forward –

(Lansing, MI)…..The Michigan Autism Insurance Reform Coalition (MAIRC) today acknowledged Governor Rick Snyder for his strong statement of support for legislation now in the Michigan Senate which will reform state insurance law to require coverage for autism-related services for children on the autism disorder spectrum. The coalition of advocates for change in Michigan insurance law have worked closely with a bi-partisan group of legislators for years in an attempt to provide much-needed coverage and believe that momentum is building to pass this important package of bills.

Senate bill 414 introduced by Senator Mike Green (R-Mayville) and Senate bill 415 sponsored by Senator Tupac Hunter (D-Detroit) would require health insurance companies doing business in the State of Michigan to provide coverage of behavioral health treatments, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based autism therapy. Twenty-seven other states across America have enacted autism insurance reform laws to date, and New York and California legislatures this summer passed reform bills that await signature by their governors.

“We greatly appreciate Governor Snyder’s bold leadership on this issue of life-altering significance to children across Michigan,” said Paul Welday, Director of MAIRC. “He clearly has been listening to the thousands of Michigan families who recognize the tremendous need for reform in Michigan insurance law. Access to treatment is essential to quality of life, independence and minimizing the need for long term care. This legislation will give these children hope.”

“These two bills endorsed today by Governor Snyder provide critical medical treatment and will save taxpayers $14 billion over the lives of those children who benefit from access to care,” Welday continued.

“Passage of this legislation will help create a treatment infrastructure in Michigan that does not exist today. Having the Governor join with Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and our Lt. Governor in supporting Autism Insurance reform is a positive step. Michigan families should call on the state legislature to heed the plea of our state leaders to take up these two bills immediately.”

The Michigan Autism Insurance Reform Coalition is a broad-based grassroots group made up of citizen activists and organizations across Michigan. The coalition includes parent and/or professional representation from groups across the state such as Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM); Autism Insurance of Michigan (AIM); Autism Resource Network; Beaumont Health System; Behavior Analysts Association of Michigan (BAAM); Central Michigan University; Children’s Hospital of MI (DMC); Detroit Institute for Children; DTE Energy; Eastern Michigan University Autism Center; Grand Valley State University; HOPE Lenawee; Hope Network; Jack’s Place; Judson Center; Michigan State University Autism Center; Mid-Michigan Autism Association; Oakwood Center for Exceptional Children; Oakland University; Residential Options, Inc; Traverse City Autism Resource Network; Wayne State University; and Western Michigan University. In addition, Autism Speaks, a national organization involved with the coalition efforts endorsed Senate bills 414 and 415 earlier this year.

Senate bills 414 and 415 are currently assigned to the Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee and are awaiting hearings.



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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