Autism Speaks | Pennsylvania Autism Insurance Act Fact Sheet from the Department of Public Welfare | 2008 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]

Pennsylvania Autism Insurance Act Fact Sheet from the Department of Public Welfare:

The Autism Insurance Act:

  • Requires many private health insurance companies to cover the cost of diagnostic assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder and services for children under the age of 21, up to $36,000 per year;
  • Requires the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, DPW, to cover the cost of services for individuals who are enrolled in the Medical Assistance program and do not have private insurance coverage, or for individuals whose costs exceed $36,000 in one year; and
  • Requires the Pennsylvania Department of State to license professional behavior specialists who provide services to children. 

Who is covered by the Autism Insurance Act?

Children or young adults under age 21 with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder who:

  • Are covered under an employer group health insurance policy (including HMOs and PPOs) that has more than 50 employees and the policy is not a “self-insured” or “ERISA” policy;
  • Are on Medical Assistance; or
  • Are covered by Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHIP, or adultBasic.

What does the Autism Insurance Act cover? 

  • Diagnostic assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, which include:
  • Prescription drugs and blood level tests;
  • Services of a psychiatrist and/or psychologist (direct or consultation);
  • Applied behavioral analysis; and
  • Other rehabilitative care and therapies, such as speech and language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists. 

Treatment Requirements: 

  • Must be for an autism spectrum disorder;
  • Must be medically necessary;
  • Must be identified in a treatment plan;
  • Must be prescribed, ordered or provided by a licensed physician, licensed physician assistant, licensed psychologist, licensed clinical social worker or certified registered nurse practitioner; and
  • Must be provided by an autism service provider or a person, entity or group that works under the direction of an autism service provider.

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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