[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Series of Workshops On New York Law Set Across the State
September 05, 2012
NEW YORK (Oct. 2, 2012) — Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks’ director of state government affairs, will familiarize parents, caregivers and professionals with New York’s new autism insurance reform law at a series of workshops conducted across the state through December. The new law takes effect November 1.
Among the issues covered will be:
- What is covered under the new law?
- How will the law impact your health plan?
- How will the healthcare benefits interface with benefits under an IFSP, IEP or ISP?
- What do you do if your plan is self-insured?
- How will potential changes in the DSM affect coverage?
For a Powerpoint copy of the presentation:
The schedule is:
October 7: Long Island Walk
October 15: Manhattan Children’s Center Workshop, 124 W 95th Street, New York City (5:30 pm)
October 24: NYSABA 23rd Annual Conference; Pre-Conference Workshop, Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Springs
November 1: Westchester Workshop, Rockland Community College (6-8 pm) Rescheduled due to campus closure — water main break
November 6: Family Resource Network Workshop, Binghamton (10 am – noon)
November 6: Family Resource Network Workshop, Oneonta (6 pm)
Watch here for locations
November 7: Buffalo-area Workshop, Summit Educational, 150 Stahl Road, Getzville
December 7, 8: Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference, Melville Marriott,1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville
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.