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Dec 07 2011
CRENSHAW: “ABLE Act” Gains Support from 49 National, State, and Local Groups
WASHINGTON, DC – The “Achieving a Better Life Experience Act” (ABLE Act) gained support from 49 advocacy organizations, underscoring the need for legislation to create tax-free savings accounts for persons with disabilities, announced Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Senator Robert Casey (D-PA).
“We urge the Congress to take action on this important landmark legislation aimed at enhancing the economic security of Americans with disabilities,” wrote the groups in a letter to House and Senate Committee Chairmen. “The time is now to act on this important legislation and demonstrate that Congress is committed to supporting citizens with disabilities to generate savings and build for their economic future. We appreciate your leadership and hope you will do everything in your power to support the enhancement of citizens with disabilities through passage of the ABLE Act in the 112th Congress.”
In a December 5 letter, 33 national organizations and 16 state and local organizations called on Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Orrin Hatch, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, Congressman Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Congressman Sander Levin, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee to take action and pass the bill .
Crenshaw and Casey unveiled the “ABLE Act” (H.R. 3423, S. 1872) on November 15 at a Capitol Hill press conference. The bill would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to allow for tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. To date, 60 Members of the House and 6 Members of the United States Senate have cosponsored the legislation.
National Organizations: ACCESS, APSE, American Association of People with Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Autism Speaks, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Easter Seals, Epilepsy Foundation, Lutheran Services in America Disability Network, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, National Association of Councils of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, National Disability Institute, National Down Syndrome Congress, National Down Syndrome Society, National Federation of the Blind, National Fragile X Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities, National Respite Coalition, NISH, Physician Parent Caregivers, Shepherd Center, TASH, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, The Disability Opportunity Fund, the Jewish Federations of North America, The National Center for Learning Disabilities, The Council on Independent Living, United Cerebral Palsy, United Spinal Association, World Institute on Disability.
State/Local Organizations: ADAPT Montana, Cambridge, Inc. Arden, NC, Cerebral Palsy Association of New York State, Cerebral Palsy of Colorado, Community Homes, Inc. Milwaukee, WI, Community Living Services (MI), Community Management Initiative, Inc. Asheville, NC, Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia, Georgia Advocacy Office, Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities (IPAADUnite), Inclusive Innovations, Plymouth, MN, Innovative Services, Inc., Green Bay, WI, Jay Nolan Community Services (CA), Parent to Parent of Colorado, SimplyHome, LLC Asheville, NC, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago.
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.