Autism Speaks Joins Massachusetts Autism Community In Applauding The Senate For Unanimously Passing H. 4935  | July 29, 2010 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Joins Massachusetts Autism Community In Applauding The Senate For Unanimously Passing H. 4935 

MA Could Become the Twenty-Third State in the Country to Require Insurance Coverage of Autism Therapies

NEW YORK, NY (July 29, 2010) — Autism Speaks joined State Representative Barbara L’Italien, Advocates For Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM), parents of children with autism and other autism advocates today in applauding the members of the state Senate for their unanimous passage of House Bill 4935 (formerly H. 3809), which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis. H. 4935 was passed unanimously by the House on Tuesday. The bill now heads to Governor Deval Patrick’s desk for signature into law.

The bill, which is sponsored in the Senate by Majority Leader Frederick Berry (2nd Essex District), and in the House by State Representative L’Italien (18th Essex District), Vice Chair of Ways and Means, would end private insurance companies’ discrimination against children with autism by requiring coverage of medically necessary autism treatments, including evidence-based behavioral health treatments. The bill has been endorsed by Boston Mayor Tom Menino, the Arc of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council. Under H.4935, there are no age or dollar caps on benefits.

“Autism Speaks applauds the members of the Massachusetts Senate for their unanimous passing of House Bill 4935, thereby extending a helping hand to families that have been financially devastated by the lack of insurance coverage for necessary autism therapies,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services. “We now call on Governor Patrick to sign this bill into law, allowing Massachusetts to join the ranks of states that have recognized the unfair and unreasonable burden being imposed on families of children with autism.” 

“This is a victory for the courageous families who live with the uncertainty of autism daily” said Senator Berry. “My goal was to ease the burden placed on these families. No one should be denied a healthy outcome, because of the high cost of services. My hope is that we ensured that today.”

Most states do not require private insurance companies to cover even essential autism treatments. 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.

“We are pleased to have passed to have passed this major hurdle, which will bring people in Massachusetts affected by autism the systemic change that is so essential to accessing treatment,” said Amy Weinstock, Chair of the AFAM Insurance Working Group.

Massachusetts could become the twenty-third state to enact an autism insurance reform law. So far, twenty-two states – Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin — have enacted this legislation. 

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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