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Ban ABA

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



Summary of Pre-existing California Insurance Law:

Although existing law (AB 88) provided for mental health parity, in practice, health care service providers and insurers often denied coverage for autism and did not provide access to professionals with adequate training and expertise.

In 2008, Senator Don Perata  proposed, and the state’s Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism chose to support, legislation (Senate Bill 1563) to create an autism workgroup to review the autism and PDD-NOS guidelines adopted by the Department of Developmental Services, identify the existing gaps in insurance and health care coverage, and submit recommendations to the legislature.

This bill was vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 27, 2008.

Governor’s SB 1563 Veto Message:

To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 1563 without my signature.

The provisions of this bill are currently being accomplished administratively through the Department of Managed Health Care. Therefore, this bill is unnecessary and duplicative of existing work. For this reason, I am unable to support this bill.

Sincerely,
Arnold Schwarzenegger



Note/Warning:

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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