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Harkin Calls for 25% Growth In U.S. Disability Workforce
February 27, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (February 27, 2013) — Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) called for the U.S, disability workforce to grow 25 percent, to six million, by 2015 during a special hearing yesterday of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Harkin, the commiteee chair, called the hearing to follow up on his 2012 committee report, “Unfinished Business: Making Employment of People with Disabilities a National Priority.”
On Sunday, the National Governors Association (NGA) conducted a special session on the issue which it has made a priority. The current NGA chairman, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, was called as the Senate committee’s first witness.
Harkin said, “I have set the committee’s sights on twin goals: to make up the ground we have lost since 2008, and to increase the size of this workforce to at least six million by 2015. I am happy that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed that goal.”
The HELP committee report noted that labor market participation rates for working-age Americans with disabilities had not improved “in any significant way” since the late 1980s. During the recession, the nation’s disabilities workforce shrunk by about a million workers, from 5.8 million to 4.8 million.
“This decrease, on a percentage basis, was five times greater than the impact of the recession on workers without disabilities,” said Harkin. States can play a prominent role in increasing job opportunities, he said.
Unfinished Business: Making Employment of People with Disabilities a National Priority
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
More With Autism Votes
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.