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Autism Speaks Reports Progress in New York ABA Dispute
March 04, 2013
NEW YORK (March 4, 2013) — Autism Speaks today reported it is making progress with high-level Cuomo administration officials and legislative leaders in resolving a bureaucratic dispute which has limited access to ABA services provided under New York’s autism insurance reform law which took effect last November.
Under emergency regulations issued by the Department of Financial Services (DFS), practitioners of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) have to be state-licensed in order to qualify for insurance reimbursement. New York has no ABA license. In addition, the insurance reform law made clear that certification by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) would be sufficient for practitioners to be covered under the law.
“Autism Speaks has been in conversation on this issue with high-level state officials, who now understand the problems and the urgent need for a remedy,” said Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks vice president for state government affairs. “We have devoted substantial resources, both political and legal, toward resolving this issue as quickly as possible. For now, we believe that it is in everyone’s best interest to allow the legislature to work on a fast-track legislative solution that would create state licensure for BCBAs already certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.”
Unumb said Autism Speaks continues to regard BACB certification as an appropriate standard for behavior therapists and that it would continue to keep all options open in order to bring a quick resolution to the dispute.
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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.