Vote augurs greater help for autistic | Reps: Cover behavioral treatment | Jan. 7, 2010 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Vote augurs greater help for autistic

Reps: Cover behavioral treatment

January 07, 2010 – 7:10 am 

Monitor staff

State-regulated insurers would have to cover behavioral treatments for autism under a bill the New Hampshire House passed yesterday, the first day of the legislative session.

Insurers already are required to cover autism treatments, but advocates say companies do not pay for behavioral therapies that help some autistic children develop typical behavior. Rep. Susi Nord, a Candia Democrat, told legislators yesterday the change would save $597 million in lifetime services for New Hampshire children currently identified while increasing affected insurance premiums by only $17 per year.

The bill would also require companies to pay for psychiatric services as well as speech, occupational and physical therapies. Access to appropriate treatments helps nearly half of autistic children develop normal social behaviors, and an additional 40 percent make significant progress, according to a study by the national Autism Society. The treatments covered by the bill would apply to about 315 children, according to a study commissioned by the state Insurance Department.

Nord, who led the commerce subcommittee on the bill, said she believed the appeal to fiscal savings persuaded legislators to vote for the bill, though Republicans who spoke against the bill said they feared it would burden small businesses. The 213-147 vote fell largely on party lines, though more than two dozen Republicans supported passage and a dozen Democrats opposed.Rep. John Hunt rejected supporters’ argument that requiring specific therapies merely fulfilled the intent of a law requiring insurers to treat alike mental and physical conditions. Hunt, a Republican from Rindge, said autism was included among covered conditions before legislators learned such disorders were on the rise.

He said the number of autistic children is so high that extending treatment for them would cripple small businesses.”This is not a straw on the camel’s back,” Hunt said. “

This is a log. This is a very big log.”Insurance requirements passed by the state only apply to policies regulated by the state, so self-insured pools and many large companies would be unaffected. Insurers would retain their right to question whether a treatment is necessary.

Republican leader Sherman Packard said he had seen the benefits of early speech therapy for his autistic grandson, but he said he had also seen the financial price. Packard, of Londonderry, said the cost increase meant he could not support the bill, “as bad as it may seem.”

Several legislators questioned whether an amendment to the bill would extend the power to prescribe medicine to psychologists and social workers. Nord said she was confident the amendment could not usurp existing drug law.

Kirsten Murphy, administrative director of the New Hampshire Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders, said the bill is a crucial step to improved services. She credited Nord and bill sponsor Rep. Suzanne Butcher, a Keene Democrat, with educating legislators on the promise of the treatments and the projected savings for taxpayers.

“That wasn’t an easy message to get out,” she said.The bill now heads to the Senate.

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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