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ABLE Act Reintroduced in New Congress
February 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (February, 13, 2013) — Bipartisan legislation that would enable families to create tax-free savings accounts, similar to college savings accounts, for their child with disabilities was reintroduced in both houses of Congress today. The new accounts would not jeopardize eligibility for Medicaid, Social Security, private insurance and other benefits.
Sponsored in the House by Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and in the Senate by Senator Bob Casey Jr (D-PA), the legislation is called the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act and is similar to bills in the last Congress that attracted a majority of House members and 40 Senators as co-sponsors. This year’s bills already have 17 Senators (S.313)and 58 House members signed on as co-sponsors to HR.647.
“Autism Speaks is proud once again to work with our partners in the disabilities community to work for passage of this common sense legislation,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services. “As the number of children with autism ‘aging out’ to adulthood multiplies, our community’s need to help prepare for their futures is more urgent than ever.”
The ABLE Act would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code to permit the creation of tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities, such as autism. First introduced in 2006, the legislation is intended to ease the financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation.
The bill does not replace, but rather supplements, benefits provided through private insurance, Medicaid, the supplemental social security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.
Autism Speaks is part of a coalition of 50 national and state disabilities organizations, including the National Down Syndrome Society and The Arc, that is once again supporting the legislation.
“We stand together – House, Senate, and advocacy groups – with hands joined in a push to provide economic peace of mind and fairness to individuals with disabilities,” said Crenshaw in a joint statement with Casey. “Other Americans enjoy financial-planning tools that allow them to save for college and retirement, yet our tax code does not provide people with disabilities with the same option.
Casey said, “Parents of children with disabilities face daily struggles that we can’t even begin to imagine. This legislation will help make it easier for those families to save for their children’s care and for their future. The ABLE Act will provide families with the financial peace of mind they need, and Congress should pass it immediately.”
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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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.