[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
The California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism
The Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism was established by the California Legislature in 2005 without a single dissenting vote. The resolution creating it received strong bipartisan support. Its goal is to have direct impact on the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. ]Authored by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) and supported by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez (D-Los Angeles), the resolution (SCR 51), creates a sixteen member Commission representing parents of children with autism, the public and private sector, educators, physicians, and public health officials.
- Autism is characterized by language delays or other communication problems, poor or limited social skills and repetitive, rigid and other unusual behaviors.
- Autism refers to a spectrum of disorders with a wide range of symptoms that vary from mild to severe.
- Once considered a rare disorder, today autism is estimated to affect as many as 1 in every 150 children.
- A child is diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes.
- Autism is four times more common in boys than in girls, and occurs in children of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States. It is more prevalent than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, and pediatric aids combined.
- A significant number of symptoms of autism are present by 18 months of age or even earlier. However, children are typically not diagnosed until 3 to 4 years of age, or later.
- Research indicates that early identification and intervention can result in significant positive outcomes for many children with autism.
Appointed by the Senate Rules Committee and the Assembly Speaker, the Commission will submit recommendations by September of 2007 to the Governor and Legislature to close existing gaps in three state policy areas: 1) the early diagnosis and prompt treatment of autism; 2) the education of students with autism; and 3) the planning that is needed to address the “aging out” of children from California’s school system into adulthood. The Commission has established three task forces of experts to fully explore each of these areas; to provide specific recommendations on closing existing gaps in services and programs.
The Autism Commission is committed to establishing partnerships and working closely with individuals with ASD, their families and all interested stakeholders. Therefore, the Commission will hold a series of regional meetings and discussions throughout California to ensure that there is comprehensive public input and participation.
Senator Darrell Steinberg, who chairs the Commission,recently indicated that, “We are looking for concrete answers. We want specific recommendations that can be implemented by future legislation to improve the lives of all individuals afflicted by the epidemic of autism. Together we will not only bring hope to families throughout the state, but we can also find solutions to help many children with behavioral and emotional challenges develop into healthy adults!”
Dr. Barbara Firestone, President and CEO of The Help Group and Commission Vice-Chair, added that, “The Commission and its task forces have the critical responsibility of charting a course for change that has the potential to positively impact the lives of individuals with autism and their families throughout California, and to serve as a model with national implications.”
Sue North, Executive Director
Dr. Louis Vismara, M.D., Policy Consultant to Senate President pro Tem Don Perata
Harriet Levy, Assistant Consultant
Jody Martin, Consultant with the Senate Office of Research
Ginny Puddefoot, Director of California Family Impact Seminar, California Research Bureau
Michelle Caballero, Executive Assistant
More With Autism Votes
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 work. In 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.