Autism Speaks | House Democrats Push Plan to Cover Michigan Kids with Autism | Dec. 7, 2011 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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House Democrats Urge Action on Insurance Bills

     Call on Republican-led houses to take action December 07, 2011

LANSING (Dec. 7, 2011) — House Democrats led by Rep. Lisa Brown held a Statehouse press conference to call on the Republican leadership to move HB.4604 and 4605, the two autism insurance reform bills. Read the press release. (below)

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Contact: Jessica Tramontana

House Democrats Push Plan to Cover Michigan Kids with Autism

Plan will give medical support to Michigan children

LANSING -Michigan House Democrats today urged House Leadership to take up
legislation that would require insurance companies to cover the treatment of autism, a brain disorder that affects one in 110 children, including 15,000 Michigan kids.

“Thousands of Michigan children and their families unfairly suffer because insurance
companies simply refuse to cover the needed treatment of this disorder,” said State
Representative Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield), sponsor of House Bills 4604 and 4605.

“We applaud Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov, Brian Calley for their efforts to advocate for those with autism, and we call on the Michigan Legislature to pass real reforms that will give our Kids and their families the support and resources they need to live full lives. This debate has gone on long enough and it is time for the Legislature to finally act and get these bills to the Governor.

In September, Gov. Snyder called for insurance companies to cover Michiganders with
autism. Lt. Gov. Calley has a daughter with autism and has been an outspoken voice on autism issues.

The House Democrats’ plan under House Bills 4604 and 4605 would require insurance
companies provide group coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum
Disorders, the umbrella term for a range of disorders generically called autism. The coverage includes rehabilitative care, medications and other follow-up evidence-based treatments.

Today, 27 states already require insurance coverage for autism.

According to a landmark 2006 Harvard study, autism can cost a family caring for a
person with autism $3 million over the person’s lifetime. For taxpayers, autism has an additional direct impact: schools and other public facilities must accommodate the growing population of children with autism. A study by the Special Education Expenditure Project found that school districts could potentially spend upwards of $75,000 per student with autism in special programs, therapies and other needs to help them learn. At the same time, a Michigan State University College of Education study found that half the special education instructors in Michigan do not use proven, effective teaching methods and many lack the training to effectively teach students with autism.

”Autism affects all of us, and that’s why we need action now,” said State Representative Dian Slavens (D-Canton). ”This issue is about supporting our children and helping them manage a dvastating disorder so they can care for themselves and succeed in today’s world.”


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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