[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
West Virginian’s are calling for autism insurance
Feb. 8, 2011
by Ashley Smith | WCHS
“It’s taken a toll,” said Carrie Fick, a mother of an autistic children.
Not just an emotional toll, but a huge financial burden as well.
“We had to move to find a center that he could go to, we’ve had to rent out our house,” said Fick.
Carrie Fick’s son Owen was diagnosed with autism 18 months ago, but is already making progress thanks to his treatment.
“It’s like night and day, he’s a different kid,” said Fick, “It was difficult for him even to look at us and now all day long he’s running around trying to get our attention, he’s reading now which is kind of crazy.”
Experts say treatment is necessary for these children, and one West Virginia delegate who is also a parent of an autistic child agrees
“Without these services these children have no chance,” said Delegate Ralph Rodighiero of Logan County.
Certified Behavior Analyst Jill McLaury says 30 years of research show about half of all children get involved in Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, or ABA, early-on in their diagnosis will eventually lose almost all of their symptoms. Another 40% will see at least some improvement.
ABA is not covered by insurance companies in West Virginia.
“It’s just flat discrimination; I mean we just don’t cover autism,” said McLaury.
A bill will soon be in front of the house that would require insurance companies to provide about 40,000 dollars in coverage per child each year for ABA treatment.
Rodighiero’s son was diagnosed when he was two.
“He’s come a long way because of the early intervention, with this bill, it will give every child the opportunity to have the same future that my child has had.”
Those against the bill say it will cost everyone else more money because premiums will go up across the board.
“They’re (insurance companies) giving us inflated fiscal notes at $60 mill that they pull a magic number out of their hat instead of looking at the real numbers from the states that it’s already passed,” said McLaury.
A similar bill in Pennsylvania cost everyone about 4 dollars more each month, and in South Carolina, $0.83.
Regardless of cost, parents say it’s worth it, and it will pay off in the long run.
“This child will be a productive citizen in our state and pay taxes, it’s a win-win situation,” said Rodighiero.
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.