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Connecticut SB 301 Goes Into Effect on January 1, 2010
HARTFORD, CT (December 30, 2009) Autism Speaks today joined Senator Martin Looney, Senator Joseph Crisco, Connecticut families and other autism advocacy organizations in celebrating the enactment of SB 301, which effective January 1, 2010 will require insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies.
Connecticut is now one of fifteen states to require health insurance companies to provide coverage for comprehensive autism treatment. Under the new law autism diagnosis will be covered as well as habilitative or rehabilitative care, pharmacy care, psychiatric care, psychological care, therapeutic care, counseling services and behavioral treatments including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Imagine the outrage if insurance companies refused to cover necessary treatments for children with cancer or diabetes, stated Autism Speaks Co-Founder and Connecticut resident Bob Wright. That is exactly what is happening with autism, and it must come to an end right now.
Added Wright, Families are taking out second mortgages, parents are taking on second jobs, and siblings college accounts are being sacrificed. These families know that starting intensive behavioral therapies, ideally before the age of three, offers a child with autism the best chance to meet his or her full potential and can actually reduce the services they will need later in life. Its not only the right thing to do, its also the fiscally smart thing to do over the long term.
Most states do not require private insurance companies to cover even essential autism treatments and services. In the absence of coverage, families often pay as much as they can out-of-pocket for services that can cost upwards of $50,000 per year. In the process, many risk their homes and the educations of their unaffected children essentially mortgaging their entire futures.
Fifteen states Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin — have enacted autism insurance reform legislation. More than twenty other state legislatures will vote on similar legislation during the 2010 legislative sessions.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic 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 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.