[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
The ‘Sequester’ Is Here. Now What?
March 01, 2013
NEW YORK (March 1, 2013) — America’s most vulnerable citizens—people with autism and related disorders– face a longterm loss of billions of dollars in services and supports as a result of the $85 billion federal spending cut –or “sequester”—announced today. The impacts would affect all people with autism regardless of age or range of ability, reaching into special education, housing, research and even employment support.
None of these impacts will be felt immediately; rather, they will grow more apparent and worse each day that the federal budget crisis goes unresolved.
- Children with autism may arrive at school in the coming weeks to discover their special education teacher or aide has been laid off
- Adults with disabilities may find their rental assistance checks reduced or eliminated, raising the specter of eviction and homelessness
- Scientists who have spent years researching critical breakthroughs in the field of autism may have to shut down their work, losing their jobs and depriving our community of the answers we need
- Adults who require federal support for employment training as well as transportation getting to their jobs may end up stuck at home, further contributing to the nation’s disproportionately high unemployment rate among people with autism rather than contributing to society as taxpayers
Autism Speaks joins in the bipartisan call for a quick end to the sequester as a means of reducing the nation’s budget deficit. We urge President Obama and the Congress to agree on a more discriminate approach that spares disabilities programs, which have already been subject to disproportionate cuts, from further reductions. With the prevalence of autism soaring, now is not the time to cut back the response in vital research and critical services.
Sequestration is an automatic, across-the-board spending cut in the federal budget designed to reduce the nation’s deficit. The $85 billion cut that takes effect today was the first in a series of annual cuts intended to reduce federal spending by $1.2 trillion by 2021, unless and until Congress and the President can agree on more targeted cuts.
Importantly for the autism community, the automatic cuts exempt Medicaid, supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits. However, the federal employees who administer those programs are subject to furloughs and cuts, which means in the weeks and months ahead checks may be delayed, hearings may be put off and disability claims may be slowed down.
The cuts were determined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the White House.
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.