Autism Speaks Endorses 2011 Maryland Autism Insurance Reform Bills | Feb. 14, 2011 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

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Autism Speaks Endorses 2011 Maryland Autism Insurance Reform Bills

February 14, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (February 14, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the nation’’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for Maryland Senate Bill 759/House Bill 783, the autism insurance reform bill, also known as the “Coverage of Autism Spectrum Disorders” bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the diagnosis, testing, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


Sponsored in the Maryland Senate by Senator Katherine Klausmeier (District 8) and in the House by Delegate Kirill Reznik (District 39), SB 759/HB 783 includes coverage of behavioral health treatments, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based, medically-necessary autism therapy. The Senate bill was introduced on February 4th and has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. The House bill was introduced on February 10th and has been referred to the House Health Government Operations Committee.


“We applaud and thank Senator Klausmeier and Delegate Reznik for their leadership on this issue of critical concern to thousands of Maryland families,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services. “Autism Speaks joins Maryland’s autism community in calling on the legislature to pass SB 759/HB 783 and join the growing number of states that have ended healthcare discrimination against children with autism.”
“Diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders are growing exponentially and parents of kids diagnosed are struggling to meet the medical needs of their children, with many going bankrupt, losing their homes, and moving out of state, all the while paying for health insurance that does nothing for the biggest medical problem they face,” said Delegate Reznik. “This legislation is necessary to provide for health insurance to step up and provide coverage for treatment. We are at a crossroads where either we begin paying for these treatments or face mounting problems in the future.”


Many 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.



Note/Warning:

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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