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CBS10 Reports on Autism Insurance Reform Hearings
December 06, 2012
COLUMBUS (December 6, 2012) — CBS10 reported on yesterday’s packed hearings before House and Senate committees on Ohio’s autism insurance reform bills.
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The state education department spends over $250 million dollars annually in special education costs for children with autism.
The new bill would make that spending avoidable if certain treatments are made available before school age.
Angela Ramos-Fields co-founded the Living Beyond Autism Foundation and on Wednesday she implored Ohio lawmakers to enact autism insurance reform.
She talked about her emotions when she received the news that her son had autism.
“Elements of disparity, depression, hopelessness,” said Ramos-Fields.
The bill she is supporting would ban state regulated health plans from discriminating against children with autism by refusing to cover proven treatments.
“Grant is my son but at the end of the day when I leave this earth, Grant may rely on the resources of this state,” said Ramos-Fields. . “It is a little disheartening that other states have seen that it provides value and it provides an empowerment element for families.”
Ohio would be the 33rd state to enact it.
While other states have passed similar legislation, there is a reality that it may not get the green light in Ohio because many Republican lawmakers do not support it .
“It’s an embarrassment to be honest,” said Mike Hartley.
Hartley has plenty of Republican friends. He’s a former advisor to Gov. John Kasich, among others.
Hartley said partisanship should be put aside.
For him, the issue of autism is personal. His five year old son Xavier was diagnosed just last year.
“All I want and I think all a lot of the parents with children of autism want is the opportunity to provide our children with a full life,” said Hartley.
While business groups oppose the autism insurance mandate on grounds that it’s too expensive, there are a growing number of Republican lawmakers jumping onboard.
Gov. John Kasich’s office told me today that he supports the discussion, but has not taken a position on the bill.
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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.