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Capital Region Lawmakers Demand ABA For All Federal Employees
March 06, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (March 6, 2013) — A bipartisan group of 11 Members of Congress from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are urging a federal agency to make insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) available to all 8 million federal employees, dependents and retirees, the nation’s largest single workforce.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which manages the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program, advised the FEHB’s 230 participating health plans last year that they could begin offering ABA coverage, but only 67 did so. None of them operate in the Capital Region of Maryland, northern Virginia or the District of Columbia where the bulk of federal employees reside.
A group of 11 House members led by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), left, sent a joint letter to OPM Director John Berry to work with all of FEHB’s local providers to include ABA coverage.
“We applaud (last year’s) decision to reclassify ABA as a medical therapy covered under FEHB,” the letter said. “At the same time, we are disappointed that families in many areas around the country, including our own, are not benefitting from this decision. All federal workers, not just a fortunate few, should have plans that cover ABA.”
In addition to Moran, the letter was signed by Representatives Frank Wolf, Bobby Scott, Rob Wittman and Gerry Connolly from Virginia; Representatives Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, John Sarbanes and Donna Edwards from Maryland; and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton representing the District of Columbia.
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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.