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GM, Chrysler Start Offering ABA Benefits
July 11, 2013
DETROIT (July 11, 2013) — GM and Chrysler have begun to voluntarily offer expanded health insurance benefits for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), to their employees and efforts are underway to convince Ford to also improve its coverage. GM offers the benefits nationally; Chrysler has begun by offering benefits to its Michigan-based workforce.
Information regarding foreign automakers operating US manufacturing facilities was not readily available.
The Autism Alliance of Michigan, which helped enact the state’s 2012 autism insurance reform law, worked to recruit the automakers to voluntarily offer autism benefits and is educating other employers in the state which self-insure their health plans to do the same, said Colleen Allen, PhD, the alliance president and CEO.
Employers that self-insure their health plans are governed under federal law (ERISA), which does not require autism coverages, and therefore are exempt from state autism insurance reform laws. Increasing numbers of ERISA employers, however, are voluntarily offering autism benefits, often following the enactment of state autism insurance reform laws.
GM on July 1 began offering autism coverage to its active salaried employees nationwide for children through the age of 18. The benefits include ABA; speech, physical and occupational therapy; nutritional counseling; and other mental health and medical services.
Chrysler launched a one-year pilot program for its Michigan-based workforce on July 1. Salaried employees who reside in Michigan are eligible for ABA coverage for their dependents through 2014. In addition, coverage for speech, physical and occupational therapy was expanded for dependents with autism through age 6.
Under the Michigan autism reimbursement law enacted as part of last year’s package of reform bills, both GM and Chrysler will be reimbursed by the state for the costs of covering all employees who are Michigan residents.
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for June, the automotive industry employs 806,000 workers in vehicle and parts manufacturing nationally, up 40,000 from June 2012. Michigan had the largest state share with 148,000 workers, up about 4,500 from a year ago.
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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.