Autism Speaks Responds to Detroit News Editorial | April 6, 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Responds to Detroit News Editorial

April 06, 2012

DETROIT (April 6, 2012) — The Detroit News today published “Snyder should sign autism bill,” an editorial rebuttal from Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks’ vice president for state government affairs.

April 5, 2012
Letter: Snyder should sign autism bill

The News’ April 2 editorial (“Snyder should veto costly legislation”) urging Governor Snyder to veto autism insurance reform swallows hook, line and sinker the same discredited arguments the insurance lobby failed to sell in Lansing or any of the 29 other state capitals that preceded Michigan in enacting these laws. The usual undocumented “estimates” are trotted out, warning of astronomical cost increases should the insurance industry’s discrimination against families raising children with autism be outlawed.

Fortunately, plenty of reality-based evidence can be found of the true cost impact of autism insurance. The Missouri Department of Insurance examined its autism insurance law after one year and found it covered 1.3 million residents, while impacting premiums by 0.1 percent — a fraction of what the insurance lobby had predicted. Indiana for the last 11 years has had a law on the books offering far more generous benefits than proposed in Michigan. Residents, last we heard, have not been fleeing.

Autism Speaks revisited fiscal projections that had been prepared by legislative analysts in other states and found they overestimated the impact by 293 to 1,261 percent. Vermont’s fiscal analysts just discovered their predicted $10 million impact was off by $9.5 million.

Yes, Michigan is at a competitive disadvantage with other states. But now it has the opportunity to transform from “one of the 10 worst states to raise a child with autism” to one of the best, a factor many talented professionals will consider when deciding where to raise their child with autism. Sign the bill, Governor Snyder.

Lorri Unumb, president, state government affairs, Autism Speaks, Lexington, S.C.

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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