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Threats to Federal Autism Funding Loom on the Horizon
September 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC (September 12, 2012) — Congress is preparing to vote on a continuing budget resolution to keep the federal government afloat another six months at current funding levels, but the impact of a fast-approaching January 2, 2013 deadline for reducing the deficit through automatic budget cuts remains unclear.
The current federal budget expires September 30 without agreement on a new full-year budget; as a result Congress must approve a continuing resolution to keep the government running past September 30. The House resolution, sponsored by House Appropriations Committee chair Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky, would continue funding for federal programs, including autism research, at roughly current levels through March 27, 2013.
At stake for the autism community is approximately $230 million in federal research funding that was authorized for FY 2013 under the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA). The current funding level includes $47.7 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), $21.38 million for the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and about $161 million for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for autism-specific research.
The House is expected to vote on the resolution, House Joint Resolution 117, this week; the Senate vote is expected next week to beat the September 30 deadline.
While the continuing resolution would resolve the September 30 deadline, another looms January 2, 2013 when an estimated 8.4 percent automatic budget cut could be triggered as a result of last year’s Deficit Reduction Act. Those cuts would be triggered across all discretionary spending programs unless Congress and the Obama administration can agree on selective cuts.
Autism Speaks will continue to track the progress of the federal budget and its impact on autism research funding.
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.