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State Gears Up Autism Technical Advisory Group
November 07, 2012
ANNAPOLIS (November 7, 2012) — The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today announced the membership of an Autism Technical Advisory Group created by law earlier this year to recommend what habilitative services are appropriate and medically necessary to treat children with autism. The panel is scheduled to hold its first meeting Wednesday, November 14.
The legislation (HB1055/SB744) created the panel to clarify how an habilitative care requirement for autism under existing state law should cover behavioral health treatment, such as Applied Behavior Analysis.
“Because of the confusion, Maryland families have been unable to access treatments for their loved ones with autism,” said Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks’ director of state government affairs. ”This process is meant to remedy that situation.”
The panel will be chaired by Dr. Steven Czinn, the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The other members include:
•Dr. Diana Fertsch, a Baltimore-area pediatrician
•Dr. Rebecca Landa, a speech-language pathologist and director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute
•Dr. Paul Lipkin, a pediatrician with expertise in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. He is the Director of the Center for Development and Learning at Kennedy Krieger Institute
•Dr. Trevor Valentine, a pediatrician with expertise in behavioral and developmental pediatrics. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The group’s first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, at 2 pm at the Maryland Department of Transportation Headquarters, Lower Level, Suite 1. The first meeting will be introductory and therefore may not include a public comment period. The second meeting has been tentatively scheduled for November 26, at 2 pm.
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.