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Latest Congressional Budget Fight Jeopardizes 2012 Autism Research Funding
April 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC (April 27, 2012) — As warned earlier this year by Autism Speaks, vital federal funding to continue autism research is now needlessly in jeopardy as a result of getting caught up in a Congressional budget squabble over unrelated issues.
At risk is a proposed $21.3 million appropriation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue tracking autism prevalence. The funding for years had been allocated directly to CDCs discretionary budget, but this year was inexplicably incorporated in the politically sensitive Prevention and Public Health Fund under the Obama Administrations budget proposal.
The autism research funding is now at risk because of a political fight over the Public Health Fund that has nothing to do with autism research.
“Our warnings were accurate and our solution is simple,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services. “Get autism research funding out of the Public Health Fund and back in the CDC’s discretionary budget where it belongs.
Autism funding in 2013 is in danger of becoming collateral damage in a wider political war.”
The annual appropriations have enabled CDC to track the rise of autism prevalence in the United States, resulting in studies such as its announcement in late March that autism now affects 1 in 88 children, including 1 in 54 boys. Without the appropriation, CDC would be unable to fund the research.
The appropriation was authorized to continue for another three years by virtue of the enactment of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) last year.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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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.