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Court Accepts Autism Speaks’ Brief in Florida Medicaid Case
February 01, 2013
MIAMI (February 1, 2013) — A federal judge today granted Autism Speaks’ request to file a supporting brief on behalf of the plaintiffs suing the state of Florida for denying ABA coverage under the state’s Medicaid program.
Autism Speaks submitted a “friend of the court” brief in support of the plaintiffs, three young children who were denied Medicaid coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lenard last March ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, but the state has the case under appeal. The judge, in her trial ruling, found AHCA’s claim that ABA was experimental “outrageous.”
In its brief, Autism Speaks charged AHCA was trying to mount “serial rematches” against disabled children. The state already has the power to determine medical necessity, it was argued.
The plaintiffs contend Florida is discriminating against lower-income children by denying Medicaid coverage for ABA because it requires state-regulated private health plans to provide the coverage by law.
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.