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Compromise New York Bill Gains Autism Speaks’ Support
June 18, 2012
NEW YORK, NY (June 18, 2012) Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced its support for the compromise worked out between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on the landmark Protection of People with Special Needs Act.
These changes further strengthen the sweeping legislation that was originally proposed in May by Governor Cuomo, said Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks director of state government affairs. The Governor and Majority Leader Skelos, Speaker Silver, Senator Roy McDonald and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz are to be commended for their willingness to craft a stronger bill. Governor Cuomo is to be praised for the high priority he gave this legislation — we urge the Legislature to keep close watch over its implementation upon becoming law.
The compromise bill is a substitute version of S.7400 which would consolidate and better coordinate New Yorks investigation and prosecution of acts of neglect and abuse against people with special needs through the creation of a Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. The legislation establishes consistent standards governing the behavior of caregivers along with the mechanisms necessary to provide timely and effective investigation of complaints. It would create a 24/7 hotline, a statewide database to track reports of abuse and neglect, and a statewide register of workers.
We are pleased to see that the various implementation dates proposed in the original bill were consolidated and pushed back to June 30, 2013, Ursitti said. The need to move quickly on abuse and neglect must be balanced by the need to get this right.
Autism Speaks is also pleased to see that adult group homes were brought into the initiative and that the independent oversight group has been strengthened, she said. We are comfortable that the improved coordination of the states investigation and enforcement powers will not diminish the ability of local investigators to also prosecute abuse.
However, Uristti said, Autism Speaks will continue to press for better recruitment and support of human services personnel, elements that that did not make it into the legislation.
Autism Speaks subscribes to a 360-approach in addressing abuse and neglect of our most vulnerable citizens, she said. Removing unqualified individuals from the system must be accompanied by steps to ensure qualified individuals enter the system.
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.