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House Approves Key Measure for Military Families
May 17, 2012
NEW YORK, NY (May 17, 2012) Autism Speaks, the nations leading autism advocacy and science organization, today hailed the U.S. House of Representatives for approving a bipartisan amendment that would assure all Department of Defense members of the military, regardless of their duty status, receive autism insurance benefits for their dependents.
The vote came on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was sponsored by Representative John Larson of Connecticut. Congressman Larson’s amendment clarifies that coverage under TRICARE, the Department of Defense insurance program, should include medically necessary behavioral health treatments for autism, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). It also removes dollar limitations on ABA care and works to provide coverage for all TRICARE eligible dependents with autism regardless of their sponsor’s duty status.
Under the current system, military members lose their autism insurance benefits when they retire, even when medically retired as a result of being wounded in action. Military members have said they have re-enlisted and been redeployed to combat zones specifically to maintain autism coverage for their children.This amendment improves ABA coverage for Department of Defense armed service branches including Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
”Congressman Larson took to heart the cause of military kids with autism and has now delivered legislation that will make a real difference in the lives of military families,” said Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks. ”We salute his commitment to end the injustice of military members losing their autism insurance benefits, especially those who have been wounded in action. We also thank House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon of California and the committee’s Ranking Member, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, for their support for this amendment.”
Larson’s amendment incorporates many of the changes proposed through HR.2288, the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act, which he sponsored with Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. The legislation attracted 70 co-sponsors. During his floor remarks, Larson cited the difficulties experienced by a military couple from his Connecticut district, Rachel and William Kenyon, whose daughter has autism.
Action on the NDAA folowing House approval moves next to the Senate.
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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.