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Virginia Becomes First State to Enact ABLE Program in 2015
March 20, 2015
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAullife signed Virginia’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, HB 2306 to allow families to invest in tax-free savings accounts for disability related expenses, becoming the first state to enact the legislation since the federal ABLE Act was signed in December of 2014.
The accounts, modeled after 529 college savings plans, require state-level implementation. Virginia’s ABLE Act, HB 2306, received overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers and was sponsored by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) and Senator Walter Stosch (R-Henrico).
“When I learned of the ABLE Act’s passage at the federal level and the incredible work that my constituent, Stephen Beck put into the Act, I knew that Virginia should have accounts operational as soon as possible. I am thrilled that the Governor has signed my bill, HB 2306, making Virginia the first state to put ABLE accounts into law after the federal bill. I look forward to these accounts creating a positive opportunity for so many,” said Delegate Filler-Corn.
Under previous law, people with disabilities who saved more than $2,000 would not qualify or would risk the loss of their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other benefits, but the federal ABLE Act amended the tax code to disregard the current $2,000 cap on savings for individuals with disabilities for ABLE qualified programs.
“The passage of ABLE is a victory for Virginia families with autistic children who can now do what every parent deserves- plan for their child’s future,” said Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Adviser and Counsel at Autism Speaks. “We are grateful for the efforts of Sen. Stosch, Delegate Filler-Corn and we thank Gov. McAullife for promptly signing ABLE into law. We now must ensure that the remaining states implement ABLE so that our families can have the option of saving for disability related expenses.
Louisiana and Massachusetts have already enacted legislation and 30 other states have already filed ABLE bills this session. Additional states with pending legislation include the following: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.
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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.