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Larson Prods TRICARE To Get Moving on ABA Pilot Program
February 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (February 21, 2013) — Rep. John Larson (D-CT) urged the Department of Defense to act “promptly” on legislation he sponsored last year requiring TRICARE to establish a one-year pilot program providing ABA coverage to all military families.
Larson, joined by Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Walter Jones (R-NC), Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Mike Doyle (D-PA), made the request in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Autism Speaks commended the action and pledged again to closely monitor TRICARE’s development and implementation of the pilot program.
“This program must be implemented promptly and given every opportunity to succeed,” said Congressman Larson. “As this program is developed, TRICARE must work with military families and subject matter experts who will help provide vital insight for ensuring that children are receiving appropriate access to care.”
Larson and Jones introduced bipartisan legislation in the last Congress that would have required TRICARE to extend ABA benefits to all 23,000 military families caring for children with autism. The benefits have been limited to active duty members.
The proposal was later merged into The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 as a one-year pilot program that allows military children with autism to receive greater access to ABA. Larson and Autism Speaks have pledged to continue working with Congress for permanent coverage.
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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.