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With Autism On The Rise, Research Funding Gets Cut
May 24, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (May 23, 2013) — With the prevalence of autism on the rise, the nation’s ability to continue tracking ASDs will be reduced by over $1 million in the curent federal budget as the result of cutbacks mandated by the federal budget “sequester.”
The sequester, or cut, was triggered March 1 across the entire federal budget and has now led to a 5.04 percent cut in the autism prevalence research program of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The current 1 in 88 prevalence rate for autism was derived from data collected by the Center’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.
“These budget cuts threaten our nation’s future ability to monitor autism and understand how it affects families in our society,” said Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks’ associate director of public health research.
Sequestration is an automatic, across-the-board spending cut in the federal budget designed to reduce the nation’s deficit. The cut that took effect March 1, originally $85 billion but since reduced, was the first in a series of annual reductions intended to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion by 2021, unless and until Congress and the President can agree on more targeted cuts.
The ADDM Network collected data from health and special education records of children who lived in 14 areas of the United States during 2008, focusing on 8-year-olds. The ADDM Network is now in its third phase of funding, collecting data from 12 sites to monitor the prevalence of ASDs among 8-year-old children who lived in those communities during 2010.
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.