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Autism Speaks Endorses SC Bill To Strengthen ‘Ryan’s Law’
January 16, 2015
COLUMBIA, SC — A bill to improve coverage under South Carolina’s landmark 2007 “Ryan’s Law” has been introduced in the state Senate.
Named after the son of Lorri Unumb, who became Autism Speaks’ vice president for state government affairs, Ryan’s Law launched a national campaign that has resulted in 38 states now requiring their state-regulated health plans by law to cover therapies and behavioral health treatment, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), for autism.
South Carolina, along with Virginia, this year now hopes to join 11 other states that have strengthened their original laws.
Sponsored by Sen. Ray Cleary (R-Georgetown), S.135 would eliminate a number of restrictions in the current law:
- autism diagnosis must occur by age 8
- coverage ends at age 16
- $50,000 annual cap on behavioral health treatment
Now limited to large group plans (companies with 50 or more employees) and state employees, the new bill would add small group and individual health plans in the state-regulated market. The bill has been referred to the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.
The 2007 bill passed the Legislature, but was then vetoed by then-Gov. Mark Sanford. Unumb and other South Carolina advocates within 24 hours persuaded the Legislature to vote unanimously to override the veto, making the bill law.
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.