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Cantor Announces ‘Kids First Research Act’ to Boost Autism Funding
April 02, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2013) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) marked World Autism Awareness Day by announcing a new bill to prioritize research funding for pediatric disorders, such as autism, will be introduced shortly in Congress. Cantor said the Kids First Research Act, to be sponsored by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Tom Cole (R-OK), would be funded by eliminating public financing for presidential campaigns.
Cantor posted his announcement shortly after President Obama unveiled the launch of a $100 million brain research inititiative for disorders such as autism.
“As we mark World Autism Day and the beginning of Autism Awareness Month, thousands of Americans will be thinking about what they can do to promote awareness and research into autism spectrum disorder,” Cantor said in a blog posted on his website. “I believe it is important for the Federal government to do the same.
“It’s not enough to just conduct research for new treatments—we need to be pushing for research that will help uncover the cure for autism spectrum disorder and many other diseases impacting children,” he said.
Cantor said the research would be funded by eliminating public financing of presidential campaigns as well as the Republican and Democratic national conventions. The resources would be reallocated to the National Institutes of Health.
“Just two weeks ago, researchers reported that 1 in 50 school aged children are affected by autism spectrum disorder,” Cantor said. “That’s too many. And that’s why I can think of no better use for the millions of taxpayer dollars currently spent on presidential campaigns and political party conventions than funding the medical research that holds the key to improving the quality of life for so many Americans.”
Autism Speaks President Liz Feld said, “Autism Speaks welcomes efforts in Congress to prioritize research funding for autism.”
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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.