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Another Victory for ABA Coverage in Washington State
July 16, 2012
SEATTLE — The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) has settled with a group of state employees who sued for coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to treat autism under the state’s Uniform Medical Plan.
Called “Shayan’s Settlement” after one of the plaintiffs, the new autism benefit will cover ABA therapy when recommended by an autism expert to treat behaviors that have an impact on development, communication or adjustment, according to the plaintiffs’ law firm, Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore. The coverage provided under the settlement will include ABA therapy provided in a natural setting such as a child’s home or community by therapy assistants working under the supervision of licensed providers.
“The Mental Health Parity Act promised that services to persons with mental conditions, including autism, would be covered at parity with medical and surgical services,” said Eleanor Hamburger of Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore. ”This settlement fulfills that promise.”
The settlement applies to prospective or future coverage of ABA therapy; still remaining to be decided is whether HCA will have to reimburse the plaintifs for their out-of-pocket expenses paid for past ABA therapy. That issue will be decided in an upcoming damages phase of the case.
“This settlement achieves what we tried to do at the legislature with Shayan’s Law,” said Arzu Forough, parent of two named plaintiffs and chief executive officer of the Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy. ”This is a watershed moment for Washington families with autism. With HCA’s leadership, we are entering a new era of full coverage for persons with autism.”
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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.