[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Summary of the ABLE ACT:
July 11, 2012
(S.313) — Sponsored by Senator Robert Casey, Jr (D-PA)
HR.647– Sponsored by Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
Created under Existing 529 Codes for Qualified Tuition Programs
- Creates a new subsection (f) ABLE Account within Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code
- ABLE in the 112th Congress has been re-drafted to follow all the requirements and regulations of a traditional 529 qualified tuition program
- Easy to open and available in any state
- Same annual contributions apply (After $13,000 gift tax rules apply)
- Same tax-free treatment of account applies (Income earned grows tax- free, withdrawals for qualified disability expenses are tax-free)
- Same reporting requirements apply as to a traditional 529
- A beneficiary may have either an ABLE account or a traditional 529 qualified tuition program. (Multiple ABLE accounts or multiple 529 plans still allowed)
- Rollovers allowed from an ABLE account to traditional 529 if beneficiary is no longer deemed disabled. (All other 529 rollovers apply to ABLE accounts)
- Rollovers allowed to other family member’s ABLE account or their traditional 529
Qualified Disability Expenses:
- Education- including tuition for preschool thru post-secondary education, books, supplies, and educational materials related to such education, tutors, and special education 6 services
- Housing- Expenses for a primary residence, including rent, purchase of a primary residence or an interest in a primary residence, mortgage payments, home improvements and modifications, maintenance and repairs, real property taxes, and utility charges
- Transportation- Expenses for transportation, including the use of mass transit, the purchase or modification of vehicles, and moving expenses
- Employment Support- Expenses related to obtaining and maintaining employment, including job-related training, assistive technology, and personal assistance supports
- Health Prevention and Wellness: Expenses for health and wellness, including premiums for health insurance, mental health, medical, vision, and dental expenses, habilitation and rehabilitation services, durable medical equipment, therapy, respite care, long term services and supports, nutritional management, communication services and devices, adaptive equipment, assistive technology, and personal assistance
- Assistive Technology and Personal Support- Expenses for assistive technology and personal support
- Miscellaneous Expenses- Financial management and administrative services, legal fees, expenses for oversight, monitoring, or funeral and burial expenses
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.