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Alabama Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Autism Insurance Reform Campaign
April 01, 2012
BIRMINGHAM (April 1, 2012) — The 650-member Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed the autism insurance reform campaign underway in the state legislature by the Autism Society of Alabama and Autism Speaks. Read the announcement below.
The six hundred and fifty member Alabama Chapter – American Academy of Pediatrics endorses the insurance reform efforts of the Autism Society of Alabama and the national autism advocacy group, Autism Votes.
Alabama Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) advocates recently joined a national initiative to reform ASD insurance coverage. Many Alabama families living with ASD pay private insurance premiums, but the most effective, evidence based therapy for ASD is not covered by insurance.
Alabama Senate Bill 283 and House Bill 345 have been proposed in this Alabama legislative session to reform and improve insurance coverage for children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Parents from across the state have contacted their state Senators and Representatives to ask for their legislators’ support of the Autism Insurance Reform bills. Families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder often pay for costly therapies out of pocket with no assistance from their private insurance companies. Many working families cannot afford therapy for their child with ASD. State Senator Cam Ward who is a parent of a child living on the Autism Spectrum introduced the bill to reform insurance coverage for ASD in the Alabama Senate. Representative Mac McCutcheon introduced the House of Representatives Autism Insurance Reform Bill in response to an outpouring of concern by parents in his district about the lack of insurance coverage for treatment of ASD.
Huntsville Pediatrician Tim Stewart M.D. from Huntsville Pediatrics and Mobile Pediatrician Hanes Swingle, M.D. from University of South Alabama Department of Pediatrics led the initiative to unite the efforts of the Autism Society of Alabama and the 650 member Alabama Chapter – Academy of Pediatrics to call for the change in private insurance coverage.
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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.