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Autism Speaks: New York ABA Rules ‘Ignore’ 2011 Reform Law
January 28, 2013
NEW YORK (January 28, 2013) — Autism Speaks today issued the following statement in response to new emergency regulations issued by the New York Department of Financial Services regarding the licensure of ABA practitioners:
“New emergency regulations issued today by the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to implement the 2011 autism insurance law still do not address a prime concern of thousandsof New York families. These rules continue to ignore the clear direction contained in the statute that behavior analysts, certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), are qualified to provide applied behavior analysis and be compensated by health insurers under the law.
“The DFS rules continue to require state licensure of behavior analysts despite the fact that state licensure does not yet exist in New York State for this profession. Because of this, Autism Speaks, in working with legislative sponsors to enact the 2011 statute, specifically required that behavior analysts be certified by the BACB. The BACB certification is a national ‘gold standard’ for behavior analysts, but New York State continues to narrowly interpret the statute to the detriment of those seeking health coverage under the new law.
“Autism Speaks will continue its work and use all available means at its disposal to change this regulation so that it complies with state law.”
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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.