Autism Speaks | Yes, Insurance Should Cover Autism | Nov. 6, 2011 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Wrights Respond to Wall Street Journal Editorial Attacking Governor Cuomo

     November 06, 2011

NEW YORK (November 6, 2011) — The Wall Street Journal today published a letter from Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of A.8512, the autism insurance reform bill.

Yes, Insurance Should Cover Autism

Regarding your editorial “New York’s Mandate Disorder” (Nov. 3): The insurance industry for years has discriminated against families who pay thousands of dollars a year in premiums, yet receive no benefits in return for their children with autism. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has wisely put a stop to this discrimination by rejecting the insurance industry’s scare tactics. In the process, New York taxpayers stand to save millions of dollars in reduced special education, Medicaid and social service costs.

A majority of states (29), home to 70% of the U.S. population, have rejected the undocumented claims of the insurance industry that providing autism benefits will lead to Armageddon. The support has been bipartisan and across all regions of the nation. More states are passing more laws to stop autism insurance discrimination because the evidence is in: Behavioral treatments improve the quality of life for people with autism while reducing the demand for taxpayer-funded services. In New York, these savings have been projected at $13 million in the first six years alone.

The prevalence of autism has jumped to one in every 110 American children. No cause or cure has yet been found. States can either require insurance companies to cover proven therapies or stick taxpayers with the consequences of their inaction. Gov. Cuomo made the right choice.

Suzanne & Bob Wright

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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