California | SENATE BILLNo. 367 | April 11, 2013 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 11, 2013

AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 1, 2013

SENATE BILLNo. 367


Introduced by Senator Block

February 20, 2013


An act to add Sectionbegin delete 4647.5end deletebegin insert 4629.6end insert to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to developmental services.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 367, as amended, Block. Developmental services: regional centers: cultural and linguistic competency.

Under existing law, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, the State Department of Developmental Services is authorized to contract with regional centers to provide support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.begin delete The services and supports to be provided to a regional center consumer are contained in an individual program plan (IPP), developed in accordance with prescribed requirements, including the use of a process that reflects the awareness of, and sensitivity to, the cultural background of the consumer and the family. Existing law authorizes the regional center to, among other things, solicit an individual or agency, by requests for proposals or other means, to provide needed services or supports that are not available to achieve the stated objectives of a consumer’s IPP.end deletebegin insert Existing law requires the governing board of the regional center to satisfy specified requirements, including annually reviewing the performance of the director of the regional center.end insertbegin insert

This bill would require each regional center’s governing board, as a condition of its contract, to require the regional center’s executive director, or his or her designee, to provide an annual report on the regional center’s efforts to address issues of inequity in access to services that includes specified information, including a description of the utilization of various regional center services, broken down annually by ethnic and other demographic data. The bill would require that the governing board require the regional center to post information related to the annual report on its Internet Web site, when possible. end insertbegin delete

This bill would require the department to require regional centers to develop a Regional Center Study and Planning Process for Equity and Cultural and Linguistic Competency (RESPECT) to address issues, outcomes, and monitoring relating to culturally and linguistically competent services and other factors that promote equity, fairness, and diversity for underserved populations. The bill would require RESPECT to be updated at least every 2 years, and include cultural and linguistic competency staff training and a requirement that providers include specified information in their vendor applications. The bill would require regional centers to establish an Advisory Board for Leadership and Equity to promote partnerships between regional centers and community-based organizations and seek to meet biannually and provide specified findings and recommendations to the board of directors of the regional center. Under the bill, a regional center may use an existing group to meet that requirement under certain circumstances. The bill would require regional centers to seek to post information relating to RESPECT on their Internet Web sites.end delete

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: begin deleteyes end deletebegin insertnoend insert. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

P2    1

SECTION 1.  

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact 
2legislation that would provide that the State Department of 
3Developmental Services require regional centers to address issues 
4of cultural and linguistic competency.begin delete5SEC. 2.  Section 4647.5 is added to the Welfare and Institutions 
6Code, to read:74647.5.  (a) The department shall require regional centers to 
8develop a Regional Center Study and Planning Process for Equity 
9and Cultural and Linguistic Competency (RESPECT), which shall 
10address issues, outcomes, and monitoring relating to culturally and 
11linguistically competent services and other factors that promote 
12equity, fairness, and diversity for underserved populations.P3    1(b) The findings and recommendations contained in RESPECT 
2shall be updated, at least every two years, and shall include, but 
3not be limited to, the following:4(1) Cultural and linguistic competency staff training.5(2) A requirement that a provider include in its vendor 
6application to the regional center information about the language 
7capabilities of its staff and its ability to provide services in a 
8culturally and linguistically competent manner.9(c) (1) Regional centers shall establish an Advisory Board for 
10Leadership and Equity (ABLE) that shall promote partnerships 
11between regional centers and community-based organizations, 
12including, but not limited to, providers or provider organizations, 
13and shall seek to accomplish the following:14(A) Meet at least biannually.15(B) Provide annual findings and recommendations to the board 
16of directors of the regional center on regional center policies and 
17procedures that will promote equity, diversity, and cultural and 
18linguistic competency for consumers and their families.19(C) Review and provide input on RESPECT.20(2) Nothing in this subdivision shall preclude a regional center 
21from using an existing group or organization, including, but not 
22limited to, the regional center’s board of directors, to meet this 
23requirement if the group or organization appropriately reflects the 
24diversity and cultural background of the regional center catchment 
25area.26(d) Regional centers shall seek to post information relating to 
27RESPECT on their Internet Web sites.end delete

28begin insert

begin insertSEC. 2.end insert  

end insert

begin insertSection 4629.6 is added to the end insertbegin insertWelfare and Institutions 
29Codeend insert
begin insert, to read:end insertbegin insert

30

begin insert4629.6.end insert  

As a condition of its contract, each regional center’s 
31governing board shall do the following:

32(a) Require the regional center’s executive director, or his or 
33her designee, to provide an annual report on the regional center’s 
34efforts to address issues of inequity in access to services, including, 
35but not limited to, the following:

36(1) A description of the utilization of various regional center 
37services, broken down annually by ethnic and other demographic 
38data.

39(2) Identification of barriers to services.

P4    1(3) A description of specific steps toward progress made in
2identifying and providing services to underserved populations 
3within the prior year, including identifying innovative practices 
4by the regional center or its contracted community-based 
5organizations.

6(4) A description of efforts made to build partnerships between 
7community-based providers of other services for regional center 
8consumers who are in underserved communities.

9(b) Require the regional center to post information related to 
10the annual report on its Internet Web site, when possible.end insert


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Note/Warning:

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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