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$19 Million at Risk for New Autism Research
September 19, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2012) — The key federal agencies responsible for funding core autism research, treatment and surveillance programs face an across-the-board 8.2 percent budget cut in January, according to an analysis issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). If enacted, the automatic cut could eliminate more than $18.9 million in new federal funding for autism programs.
The analysis was issued in response to an automatic $109 billion cut in the federal budget that will take effect in January unless Congress and the White House can agree on more targeted cuts to specific programs. The budget reductions were mandated under last year’s Budget Control Act.
Among the agencies affected would be the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funds autism research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which monitors the prevalence of autism in America, and the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which helps fund the Autism Treatment Network. A total of $231 million for autism initiatives has been authorized in the new federal budget; an 8.2 percent cut would reduce that amount by nearly $19 million.
“While it is not yet clear which programs would be directly affected within those agencies, there is grave concern that autism programs would be among those cut to reach the reduction specified in the Budget Control Act of 2011,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks’ executive vice president for programs and services.
The 2011 law requires a total of $109 billion in budget cuts, split equally between defense and domestic spending. All funding for autism falls within the discretionary spending portion of the budget and therefore is subject to cuts.
The federal government in the current budget, which expires September 30, appropriated $238 million for autism initiatives, $7 million above the amount authorized under the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act.
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.