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Autism Speaks, VAP Respond to New ABA Regulations
July 18, 2012
RICHMOND (July 18, 2012) — Autism Speaks and the Virginia Autism Project (VAP) responded today to the Virginia Board of Medicine’s emergency regulations for certifying therapists who provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and removing the latest roadblock to Virginia families gaining access to the autism treatment in public schools, community programs, and at home.
“We are monitoring the situation in Virginia very closely and will act swiftly to correct any limitations that occur for families trying to access these insurance benefits,” said Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks director of state government affairs.
Virginia enacted autism insurance reform in 2011 requiring ABA coverage for children through age 6, but it required ABA providers to obtain state certification even though no such process existed. A subsequent bill enacted this year directed the state Board of Medicine to establish a certification procedure after hearing recommendations from a working group that included ABA providers.
When the state Board of Medicine issued emergency regulations in late June, the proposal failed to include a number of the recommendations and raised concerns they could inadvertently prohibit students, teachers and therapists under supervision to provide services or even to get practical ABA training.
“We have expressed this concern, but we have been assured by the Board of Medicine and staff that our concerns are unfounded,” said VAP President Teresa Champion. “Based on assurances from the staff of the Board of Medicine, we are willing to allow the regulations to go forward and be implemented as soon as possible.”
In addition to the difficulties the regulations pose for schools, community programs, university programs and families with disabilities, VAP said it fears that the regulatory language will prevent insurance companies from covering ABA services provided by unlicensed, trained individuals who work under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).
The small pool of BCBAs and BCaBAs in Virginia cannot personally provide therapy to all disabled Virginians in need, said Champion. As a result, many of Virginia’s families, schools, and community programs will have to choose between financial insolvency or watching a disabled loved one regress, she said.
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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.