[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
News Release From the Office Wisconsin’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance: Governor Doyle Announces Implementation of Autism Coverage
(October 19, 2009) Madison, WI—Governor Jim Doyle today announced an emergency rule implementing new provisions in state law requiring insurance coverage of autism spectrum disorders.
“We have worked long and hard for this day, and I am thrilled that children across the state living with autism will now have access to the care and support they need and deserve,” Governor Doyle said. “We are also helping take the squeeze off the hardworking families that support these children.”
“Starting November 1, 2009, insurance companies are required to cover treatment for autism spectrum disorders,” stated Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Sean Dilweg. “I appreciate the work done by OCI’s Autism Treatment Working Group to assist in developing the emergency rule implementing the statute.” The diverse working group was composed of parents, providers, insurers, patient advocates, and representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
The new law requires OCI to, by rule, define terms for intensive level services, nonintensive level services, qualified, and paraprofessionals. It also addressed education, both professional and specific training with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, necessary to be considered qualified to provide treatment. The full text of OCI’s emergency rule can be found at OCI’s Web site at oci.wi.gov/rules/0336em09.pdf.
The emergency rule is not applicable to employers who operate self-funded health plans. The state can only require autism coverage for a health insurance policy issued by an insurer. The emergency rule will remain in effect for one year. OCI is working on a permanent rule to replace the emergency rule.
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.