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Crenshaw, Casey Stage Capitol Hill Rally for ABLE
March 14, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2013) – Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), fellow Members of Congress and disability advocates, including Autism Speaks, joined at a Capitol Hill rally today to urge fast action in Congress on the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) which would create tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities.
The bipartisan legislation, which has been signed on to by 80 House co-sponsors and a quarter of the Senate, would create an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through tax-free savings accounts patterned after college savings accounts.
Crenshaw, the House sponsor, and Casey, the Senate sponsor, bill co-sponsors and advocates spoke at a Capitol Hill press conference. With the Capitol Dome behind them, members of the group highlighted the road ahead for the bill and described an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through the legislation.
“We stand together – members of the 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. “ABLE would not be where it is today, enjoying record bicameral and bipartisan support, without the tireless dedication of disability advocates and those who stand firm in our central message of equality. Individuals with disabilities deserve access to IRS-sanctioned tools to lay the groundwork for a brighter future. That’s an accomplishment we all can be proud of and one we will reach together.”
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.”
Stuart Spielman, senior policy advisor and counsel for Autism Speaks, said, “As the autism community in America grows exponentially, so does our need for ABLE. Countless thousands of children diagnosed with autism will be aging into adulthood in the years ahead and will require the financial support and security ABLE savings accounts can provide.”
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.