Autism Speaks Hails Congressional Budget Vote Appropriating Over $230 Million for Autism Research | Jan. 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Hails Congressional Budget Vote Appropriating Over $230 Million for Autism Research

Washington, DC – Autism Speaks hailed Congress’ vote on a new federal budget bill that appropriates over $230 million for continued autism research, including the first appropriations under the newly reauthorized Combating Autism Act (CAA).

The funding includes $47.7 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), $21.38 million for the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and funding to be allocated through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The portion NIH designates for autism research is expected to be close to the prior level of $161 million. Congress also approved a $5.1 million appropriation to continue autism research within the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We’re seeing significant appropriations under the CAA in a most difficult fiscal climate, showing bipartisan understanding within Congress of the national public health importance of autism,” said Peter Bell, executive vice president for programs and services. “The funding through the Defense Department is also gratifying, raising the total allocated to this vital program over $35 million.”

The CAA was reauthorized for another three years by Congress and signed by President Obama on Sept. 30. The funding approved Saturday by Congress maintains the new appropriations for HRSA and CDC at their FY2011 levels, withstanding cuts that affected many other federal programs. Both the HRSA and CDC appropriations could be subject later in the year to an across-the-board 0.189 percent reduction affecting all health programs.

The appropriation for the Defense Department’s Autism Research Program (DoD-ARP) for Fiscal Year 2012 was cut slightly from previous levels, but the program was continued as part of federal autism research efforts. DoD-ARP is administered as a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), similar to current programs for breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers. Research that is funded under CDMRP is peer-reviewed, benefits from the direct input of consumer advocates, and is targeted to the most innovative, promising research in the field.


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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