[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Advocates, Lawmakers Urge Lame Duck Congress to Pass ABLE
November 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC (November 15, 2012) – The nation’s leading disability organizations, including Autism Speaks, joined today with Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) at a Capitol Hill event to urge the lame duck Congress to approve the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act which would create tax-free savings accounts for the disabled.
Introduced exactly one year earlier by Crenshaw and Casey, ABLE has attracted strong bipartisan support with over half the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate signed on as cosponsors. In addition to Autism Speaks, over 50 disability organizations have joined in support of ABLE, including the National Down Syndrome Society and The Arc.
The event featured self-advocates, including Scott Gladstone (left), who is 24 and has autism, who said ABLE would enable him to live more independently. Scott, who is employed, said, “I want to live on my own some day and will have lots of things to pay for, but I cannot do that if the ABLE Act does not pass.”
The ABLE Act would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill (HR.3423/S.1872) was introduced on November 15, 2011 and has earned the support of 237 House members and 40 Senators.
Peter Bell (below), Autism Speaks’ executive vice president of programs and services, said, “With the prevalence of autism on the rise and the lifetime cost of caring for a single individual now estimated at about $2 million, ABLE offers a fiscally responsible solution to address this public health crisis. We urge Congress to recognize the overwhelming bipartisan support for this measure and act for all families with disabilities this session.”
Crenshaw said ABLE would help level the playing field for people with disabilities, noting that such tax-exempt accounts already exist to help families save for college. “No longer would individuals with disabilities have to stand by and watch others use IRS-sanctioned tools to lay the groundwork for a brighter future,” he said.
“Parents of children with disabilities face struggles on a daily basis that we can’t even begin to imagine,” Casey said. “Passing the bipartisan ABLE Act will provide a measure of security for parents with disabled children who will be able to set aside savings for their long term care in a tax free account.”
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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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.