Autism Speaks | Gov. Chafee Signs Bills Strengthening 2011 R.I. Reform Law | June 28, 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Gov. Chafee Signs Bills Strengthening 2011 R.I. Reform Law

June 28, 2012

PROVIDENCE (June 28, 2012) — Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed a pair of bills enabling Rhode Island families to access insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as intended under the autism insurance reform bill he signed last year, and adds pharmacy, psychology and psychiatric care as eligible benefits.

The 2010 law required that ABA be provided and supervised by a state-licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), despite the fact Rhode Island has no such licensing process. As a result, families have been unable to access coverage for ABA care.

The new bills signed by Chafee include SB.2559 which creates a five-member Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board within the state Department of Health so that practitioners can get licensed in Rhode Island. The second bill, SB.2560, adds pharmacy, psychology and psychiatric care as eligible benefits.

SB.2560 also enables licensed psychologists to provide ABA provided they have “equivalent experience” or the therapy falls within “their scope of practice.” Both laws take effect immediately.

“We owe tremendous thanks to Representative. Peter Palumbo and Senator Ed O’Neill for their continued commitment to our issue,” said Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks director of state government affairs. “There is more work to do in Rhode Island to expand benefits, but with the licensure law now in place, we are finally able to implement the initial law as intended.”

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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