Autism Speaks | Summary of Autism Insurance Reform Bills in New York | June 2010 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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

Senate Bill 7000B – Sponsored by Senator Neil Breslin (District 46) and Senator Thomas Duane (District 29) 

Key Cosponsor: Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District)

Assembly Bill 10372 – Sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle (District 132)

Key Cosponsor: Assembly Speaks Sheldon Silver

  • Would require private health insurance companies to provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders 
  • The bill has no age caps or dollar caps on these benefits
  • Under this bill, the state commissioner of health, the state superintendent of insurance, the state commissioner of the office of mental health, and the state commissioner of the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities have been tasked with identifying and regularly updating which treatments and therapy options insurance companies will be required to cover
  • The treatments and therapy options covered will be those that are evidence-based
  • The bill provides coverage for physical health problems that frequently occur with autism, such as sleep abnormalities, seizures and gastrointestinal problems. The bill would also cover other treatments such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral health treatments (including applied behavior analysis)
  • The bill does not affect any obligation to provide services to an individual under an individualized family service plan, an individualized education program (IEP), or an individualized services plan. The purpose of this bill is require insurance coverage of for services provided on a supplemental basis outside of an educational setting for services that are deemed medically necessary
  • The bill applies only to state regulated insurance plans. It does not apply to self-funded insurance plans as these plans are regulated by the federal government under ERISA law
  • The part of S.7000B that requires the agency panel to develop regulations goes into effect immediately. Mandatory coverage goes into effect once the regulations are developed (which can be no later than 12 months from enactment of the law) and applies to policies as they renew during the year.

The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”


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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