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Standoff Threatens Autism Research Funding GOP Senators Object To Limits
By Jordan E. Otero The Washington Times
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
House lawmakers Wednesday implored their Senate counterparts to break a logjam they said is endangering federal support for autism research and funding.
The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act passed the House of Representatives by voice vote Tuesday but is facing opposition from conservative Senate Republicans who argue that Congress should not be dictating to researchers on the front lines how best to spend scarce federal dollars.
“No one who is opposing reauthorization of this bill right now is opposed to autism research or the ideas behind it,” said Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, one of four Republicans who objected to the bill when it reached the Senate on Tuesday.
“What we are opposed to is tying the hands of the researchers and the directors at National Institutes of Health and telling them what they should do and how they should do it.”
House lawmakers and outside advocates for autism funding held a news conference at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon to urge a compromise.
“Our work is done in the House,” said Rep. Michael F. Doyle, Pennsylvania Democrat and a co- sponsor of the autism authorization bill. “We ask our colleagues in the Senate: If there’s a reason that you have a hold on this bill, let’s discuss those reasons. Let’s sit down and work them out.”
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, wrote the Combating Autism Act of 2006 after discovering “disturbing trends” and limited amounts of quantified research on autism in the mid-1990s. He said that even after 10 years of “extraordinary work” that “the issue has not been won.”
“There is a sense of urgency,” Mr. Smith said. “More research, more coordination needs to be done, and the sooner, the better.”
Reps. Smith and Doyle and officials from several autism organizations stressed the importance of getting the bill passed by Sept. 30, when the fiscal year ends. Otherwise, they said, the grants that provide the funding for the programs will need to be sent out for new bids, costing taxpayers significantly more.
Mr. Smith said the funding level was kept at $231 million because of budget-tightening, even though there is “unmet need that cries out for additional spending.”
George Jesien, executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, said the federal autism program “is an infrastructure we do not want to stop.”
Added Mr. Smith, “To call [these efforts] to a halt and argue that we don’t want a disease- specific bill, we’re over that.”
Mr. Coburn was joined in his objection by fellow Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Mike Lee of Utah.
Mr. Doyle said he spoke with two senators who had concerns about the bill and that he “did not have an indication that there was an effort to block this thing permanently.”
“I’m convinced that we can get past this,” he said.
The Senate opponents say some funding for autism research is likely to be included in the stopgap spending bill being debated on Capitol Hill, meaning there will be no interruption in the immediate funding as the reauthorization law is debated.
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.