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NY Legislature Removes Hurdle to ABA Coverage
June 17, 2013
ALBANY (June 17, 2013) — Autism Speaks and the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) today commended the New York Legislature for voting to eliminate a hurdle that has kept families from accessing ABA care as promised under the state’s 2011 autism insurance reform law. The bill goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration.
The bill will create a New York state license for applied behavior analysis (ABA) practitioners that the Board of Regents demanded after the 2011 law was enacted. Without state licensure, ABA providers could not be reimbursed for their services under the law, which covers state-regulated health benefit plans.
The legislation was sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D-Irondequoit) and Senator Chuck Fuschillo (R-Merrick), the same two lawmakers who championed the 2011 autism insurance reform law.
“Autism Speaks commends Assemblyman Morelle for delivering once again for New York’s autism community,” said Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks’ director for state government affairs. “The passage of this licensure bill will fulfill the promise of New York’s autism insurance reform law for thousands of families and Assemblyman Morelle made it happen. We thank Assemblyman Morelle for going the extra mile for our community.”
Ursitti said, “New York’s autism community has come to depend on Senator Chuck Fuschillo for providing the help families need. Autism Speaks thanks Senator Fuschillo for his instrumental role in getting this licensure bill through the Senate. Chuck Fuschillo would not rest until New York families received the access to care they were promised under the autism insurance reform law.”
NYSABA President Deborah Napolitano said her organization applauded “Assemblyman Morelle and Senator Fuschillo for their continued and unwavering support to ensure that individuals diagnosed with autism have access to treatment and appropriately credentialed providers. This bill protects consumers and provides access. Assemblyman Morelle and Senator Fuschillo deserve high praise for striking this balance.”
The bills, S.4862 and A.6963, will create a state licensing process for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). A new seven-member State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis will be appointed by the Board of Regents and include three licensed behavior analysts, one certified behavior analyst assistant, one licensed psychologist and two public members.
When the licensure demand was finalized in January, Autism Speaks accused state regulators of ignoring the 2011 law which provided that existing national certification for ABA practitioners would be sufficient. The Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center became involved in the dispute, promising to “use all available means at its disposal” to resolve the issue.
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.