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Bob Wright Urges Governors to Require ABA in New Health Plans
February 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (February 26, 2013) — Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright has called on the nation’s governors to do their part for across-the-board coverage for behavioral health treatment, including Applied Behavior Analysis, to address the nation’s autism epidemic.
In letters issued at the conclusion of yesterday’s National Governors Association conference, Wright specifically called on 24 governors who have so far failed to include the coverage in their new Affordable Care Act health plans that begin enrolling subscribers later this year.
“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has shown a willingness to allow states to include behavioral health treatment as an habilitative service,” Wright said. In newly issued regulations, HHS gave the states latitude to decide which habilitative services must be covered when their ACA health plans go into operation. ABA coverage should be included, Wright said.
“Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, yet our response lacks any consistency,” Wright said. He noted that 18 states have yet to enact laws governing state-regulated health plans, and that self-funded health plans offered by major employers are not required to cover behavioral health treatment under federal law. Federal civilian employees have limited access to benefits while many military families await coverage under a one-year pilot program.
The 24 states that have yet to include ABA coverage through their ACA health plans include:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
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.