Autism Speaks | 8 Autism Bills on the Move in CA Legislature (PDF Avail.) | July 9, 2013 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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8 Autism Bills on the Move in CA Legislature

July 09, 2013

SACRAMENTO (July 9, 2013) — The California Legislature has sent one autism bill to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature and moved seven others towards final passage. Six of the bills were recommended by the Autism Diversity Task Force created last year by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

Autism Speaks is sponsoring one of the bills, SB.126, which would extend California’s 2011 autism insurance reform law, due to expire next summer, until 2019. Sponsored by Steinberg, the bill has been approved by the Senate 37-0 and the Assembly Health Committee 18-0, and is now before the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

The bill sent to Brown, AB.1232, would require the state Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to account for issues of diversity and equity when assessing the quality of services provided by regional centers. The bill is sponsored by Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez.

The bill is one of six that emerged from the task force, which was co-chaired by advocate Areva Martin [left], co-founder of the Special Needs Network, and Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D, founding director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities. Steinberg created the task force after a Senate Select Committee heard testimony suggesting inequities in the provision of services.

The other task force bills include:

  • SB.158, sponsored by Sen. Lou Correa, which would establish an autism demonstration program to improve linguistic and cultural competency in Regional Centers. The bill has been voted out of the Senate and the Assembly Human Services Committee and is now before the Assembly Appropriations Committee
  • SB.208, sponsored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, which would require Regional Centers to evaluate the ability of outside vendors to provide culturally and linguistically competent services before awarding contracts. The bill also has cleared the Senate and the Assembly Human Services Committee and is before the appropriations committee
  • SB.367, sponsored by Sen. Marty Block, which would require Regional Centers to develop annual strategic plans addressing issues of linguistic and cultural competency. The bill has passed the Senate and is scheduled for a hearing before the Assembly Human Services Committee on Aug. 13
  • SB.468 , sponsored by Sen. Bill Emmerson, which is designed to give participants and their families in Regional Centers more flexibility and choice in choosing services under their Individual Program Plan (IPP). Emmerson’s bill has cleared the Senate and awaits a hearing before the Assembly Human Services Committee
  • SB.555 , sponsored by Correa, which would establish guidelines for Regional Centers in providing IPPs in a culturally and linguistically competent manner. The bill also awaits a hearing before the Assembly Human Services Committee after being voted out of the Senate

The eighth bill, AB.1231, sponsored by Perez, would require DDS to facilitate the use of telehealth and teledentistry services in the Regional Center system. The bill has passed the Assembly and two Senate committees, and is now befiore the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism 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 workIn 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.

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