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Autism Speaks Monitoring Implementation of New Law
November 05, 2012
NEW YORK (Nov. 5, 2012) — Autism Speaks is closely monitoring emergency regulations governing access to ABA that were issued last week by the New York Department of Financial Services, just hours before the autism insurance reform law that was enacted a year ago took effect.
Under the new law, state-regulated plans that are renewed from November 1, 2012 forward will be required to cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. When the law was enacted in 2011, it required that regulations be promulgated regarding those who provide behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis (ABA). These regulations were to be implemented by the insurance superintendent in consultation with the commissioners of health and education.
The rules were not issued until Thursday, just hours before the November 1 deadline, and were in the form of emergency regulations. The state is next required to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the State Register, providing the autism community an opportunity to comment on the development of permanent regulations.
“We will be tracking this closely and will keep the New York autism community informed,” said Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks director of state government affairs. “We also will work with our legislative champions to insure the law is implemented as intended by the Legislature so that families gain affordable access to ABA.”
Ursitti has been conducting workshops throughout the state to familiarize families, providers and stakeholders on the new law.
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.