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DoD Autism Research Program
Congress Includes $6 Million for Autism Research in Budget Measure
March 22, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (March 22, 2013) — A government funding bill approved by Congress includes $6 million for the Department of Defense Autism Research Program.
The new funding is part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs which has awarded 85 grants valued at $41.4 million for autism research since the program was created in 2007 through efforts spearheaded by Autism Speaks. The new funding was included in a Continuing Resolution approved by Congress to fund government operations through the end of the current federal budget in September. The bill awaits President Obama’s signature.
Congress approved the additional funding as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the results of a national survey which indicated the actual rate of prevalence in the United States could be in 1 in 50 children. The new data do not replace the CDC’s official 1 in 88 prevalence rate, but indicates prevalence is on the rise.
The Department of Defense funding is in addition to the research funding authorized under the 2011 Combating Autism Reauthorization Act for the National Institutes of Health. Any impact of sequestration on the appropriation is not yet clear.
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.