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Rhode Island Autism Coalition Honors Rep. Palumbo, Senator O’Neill
PROVIDENCE, RI (April 28, 2011) — Rep. Peter G. Palumbo (D-Dist. 16, Cranston) and Sen. Edward J. O’Neill (I-Dist. 17, Lincoln, North Providence, Pawtucket) were honored today by the Rhode Island Autism Coalition for their continuing legislative efforts for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and their communities
Rep. Palumbo, Sen. O’Neill honored by RI Autism Coalition
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Peter G. Palumbo (D-Dist. 16, Cranston) and Sen. Edward J. O’Neill (I-Dist. 17, Lincoln, North Providence, Pawtucket) were honored today by the Rhode Island Autism Coalition for their continuing legislative efforts for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and their communities.
Representative Palumbo and Senator O’Neill were honored as part of an Autism Awareness Day at the State House. They were specifically recognized for sponsoring legislation this year to require insurance coverage for the treatment of autism, including access to rehabilitative care, pharmaceuticals and psychiatric, psychological and therapeutic services.
(The Palumbo bill, (2011-H5275), is currently before the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare. The O’Neill bill, (2011-S0107), is before the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.)
The Autism Awareness Day at the State House – which offered resource information and access to individuals from leading autism organizations — was held in conjunction with national Autism Awareness Month, which has been held every April since the 1970s in an effort to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.
The Rhode Island Autism Coalition is composed of more than a dozen organizations promoting advocacy and resources to improve the quality of life for people with autism, their families and their communities. Among the participating organizations are Bradley Hospital, The Groden Network, Gateway Healthcare, Sargent Center and The Sherlock Center.
Representative Palumbo is the chairman of the Special House Commission to Study the Education of Children with Autism and was the principal sponsor of legislation approved in 2009 that directed the Department of Education to develop a plan to raise public awareness and to promote early intervention in the treatment of autism. Currently serving his ninth term in the House, he is the Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, Secretary of the House Committee on Corporations and Secretary of the House Committee on Oversight.
Senator O’Neill is serving his second term in the Senate. He is a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Education and Senate Committee on Government Oversight.
For more information, contact:
Randall T. Szyba, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic 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 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.