Autism Speaks | Obama Signs Bill Expanding ABA Care for Military Kids | Jan. 3, 2013 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Obama Signs Bill Expanding ABA Care for Military Kids 

January 03, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (January 3, 2013) — President Obama has signed bipartisan legislation creating a one-year pilot program expanding ABA care to all military families through TRICARE, the Pentagon’s healthcare program, a critical first step in improving services for military families raising children with autism.

“Autism Speaks thanks President Obama for taking this sensible step for military families, along with our Congressional champions Rep. John Larson of Connecticut and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services. “At the same time, we restate our intention to make these medical services permanent. Military families who sacrifice so much deserve access to the benefits they have earned.”

The TRICARE provision was included as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act voted out of Congress in December. Both the House and Senate had approved a permanent expansion of ABA benefits providing for prescribed levels of care, but the measure was whittled down to a one-year pilot program when the bill was finalized in conference committee.

The Department of Defense (DoD) currently restricts ABA coverage to active duty members through the supplementary ECHO program which limits annual benefits to $36,000, covering just 6 to 11 hours of therapy a week, well below the recommended level of care. Because of specific policy shortfalls, ABA care terminates upon retirement, including services for children of wounded warriors retired due to injuries sustained in combat.

Service members have said they have re-enlisted for additional tours of duty simply to maintain coverage for their children with autism.

The one-year pilot program, which is for all TRICARE eligible beneficiaries with autism, is to start within 90 days. Within 270 days, DoD will then be required to report to Congress on costs, a comparison of the pilot program with ECHO and any recommended legislative remedies. The legislation offers no guidance on coverage limits or parameters of the program.

“Autism Speaks will closely monitor the DoD’s implementation of the pilot program on a variety of fronts, including its coverage of ABA Technicians and BCaBA’s,” said Karen Driscoll, Autism Speaks’ associate director for federal government affairs and military relations, and a Marine Corps spouse.

“Development of effective policy is essential,” she said. “It is critical that TRICARE work with stakeholders, including military families and subject matter experts, to ensure the final policies regarding coverage and delivery of ABA care are consistent with best practices.”

The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism 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 workIn 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.

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