[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
GOP, Democratic Platforms: ‘Autism’ Makes the Cut
September 05, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC (September 5, 2012) — The 2012 Democratic and Republican party platforms have been issued and both make specific reference to autism among their policy goals for the next four years.
The Democratic platform statement (below), ratified Tuesday at the party convention in Charlotte, references autism in a section on Americans with Disabilities (Page 48):
“And the President and the Democratic Party will fiercely oppose the harsh cuts in Medicaid that would inevitably lead to no or significantly less health care for millions of Americans with disabilities, workers with disabilities, and
families raising children with autism, Down Syndrome, and other serious disabilities.”
The Republican platform statement (here), ratified at last week’s GOP convention in Tampa, addressed autism in a section on “Supporting Federal Healthcare Research and Development” (Page 34):
“We also support federal investment in basic and applied biomedical research, especially the neuroscience research that may hold great potential for dealing with diseases and disorders such as Autism, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.”
While the mention of autism in both of the party platforms is historical and exciting, our community needs to do everything possible to make it an unavoidable topic over the two months remaining before the election.
Activists in Florida and Colorado (above) have attended rallies for Republican nominee Mitt Romney and the Democratic incumbent, President Barack Obama, to let them know that our 1 in 88 can’t wait.
Register with Autism Votes (below) to find out what you can do in your area and be sure to let your friends know that you will be voting on November 6 by RSVPing to our Facebook event!
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.