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Autism Caucus Grows After AS2DC Summit

November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (November 14, 2013) — U.S. Senator Bob Casey [D-PA] and Reps. Tim Griffin [R-AR] and Kevin Yoder [R-KS] have joined the Congressional Autism Caucus, a bipartisan group in Congress that helps lead the federal reponse to autism. The three lawmakers made their decisions during the Autism Speaks to Washington national policy summit.

“It’s critical that Congress comes together in a bipartisan fashion to help children and families dealing with autism,” said Casey.

“I look forward to working with members of the Autism Caucus to move forward on commonsense policies like my ABLE Act which will allow the parents of autistic children to be able to better save for their future care,” he said.

Casey is the chief Senate sponsor of ABLE (Achieving A Better Life Experience) Act which would allow tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities, such as autism. The accounts would be similar to Section 529 college savings accounts.

Reps. Griffin and Yoder among the 291 cosponsors of the House version of the ABLE Act, which is sponsored by Rep. Anders Crenshaw (R-FL).

“I’m a member of the Congressional Coalition on Autism Research and Education (CARE) because I believe increasing awareness and investing in resources and research that will help diagnose and treat (autism) is critical to caring for our children,” said Griffin.


Autism Caucus Membership

  • Aderholt, Robert (AL)
  • Bass, Karen (CA)
  • Beyer, Don (VA)
  • Brownley, Julia (CA)
  • Blumenauer, Earl (OR)
  • Bonamici, Suzanne (OR)
  • Bordallo, Madeline (GU)
  • Boyle, Brendan (PA)
  • Brady, Robert (PA)
  • Burgess, Michael (TX)
  • Calvert, Ken (CA)
  • Capuano, Michael (MA)
  • Carson, Andre (IN)
  • Carter, Buddy (GA)
  • Cartwright, Matt (PA)
  • Chabot, Steve (OH)
  • Chaffetz, Jason (UT)
  • Chu, Judy (CA)
  • Clark, Katherine (MA)
  • Coffman, Mike (CO)
  • Cohen, Steve (TN)
  • Connolly, Gerald (VA)
  • Costello, Ryan (PA)
  • Crowley, Joe (NY)
  • Davis, Susan (CA)
  • DeFazio, Peter (OR)
  • Deutch, Ted (FL)
  • Doggett, Lloyd (TX)
  • Doyle, Mike (Co-Chairman) (PA)
  • Duncan, John (TN)
  • Engel, Eliot (NY)
  • Eshoo, Anna (CA)
  • Fortenberry, Jeff (NE)
  • Gallego, Ruben (AZ)
  • Goodlatte, Bob (VA)
  • Granger, Kay (TX)
  • Green, Gene (TX)
  • Harris, Andy (MD)
  • Hastings, Alcee (FL)
  • Himes, James (CT)
  • Huffman, Jared (CA)
  • Issa, Darrell (CA)
  • Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX)
  • Johnson, Hank (GA)
  • Jones, Walter (NC)
  • Kaptur, Marcy (OH)
  • Keating, William (MA)
  • Kelly, Mike (PA)
  • Kind, Ron (WI)
  • King, Peter (NY)
  • Kuster, Ann McLane (NH)
  • Langevin, Jim (RI)
  • Larsen, Rick (WA)
  • Larson, John (CT)
  • Levin, Sander (MI)
  • Lieu, Ted (CA)
  • LoBiondo, Frank (NJ)
  • Lofgren, Zoe (CA)
  • Lowey, Nita (NY)
  • Lynch, Steven (MA)
  • Maloney, Carolyn (NY)
  • Maloney, Sean Patrick (NY)
  • Matsui, Doris (CA)
  • McGovern, Jim (MA)
  • McKinley, David (WV)
  • Meehan, Pat (PA)
  • Meeks, Gregory (NY)
  • Messer, Luke (IN)
  • Nadler, Jerold (NY)
  • Napolitano, Grace (CA)
  • Neal, Richard (MA)
  • Nolan, Rick (MN)
  • Pallone, Frank (NJ)
  • Pascrell, Bill (NJ)
  • Paulsen, Erik (MN)
  • Peterson, Collin (MN)
  • Posey, Bill (FL)
  • Price, David (NC)
  • Rice, Kathleen (NY)
  • Roskam, Peter (IL)
  • Ros-Lehtinen, Illena (FL)
  • Rouzer, David (NC)
  • Ryan, Tim (OH)
  • Gregorio Sablan (NMI)
  • Sanchez, Linda (CA)
  • Schiff, Adam (CA)
  • Sessions, Pete (TX)
  • Sherman, Brad (CA)
  • Slaughter, Louise (NY)
  • Smith, Chris (Co-Chairman) (NJ)
  • Thompson, Bennie (MS)
  • Tibieri, Pat (OH)
  • Upton, Fred (MI)
  • Walorski, Jackie (IN)
  • Walz, Tim (MN)
  • Waters, Maxine (CA)
  • Wilson, Joe (SC)
  • Yarmuth, John (KY)
  • Yoder, Kevin (KS)
  • Zeldin, Lee (NY)
  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI)
  • Senator John Boozman (AR)
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)
  • Senator Maria Cantwell (WA)
  • Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)
  • Senator Joe Donnelly (IN)
  • Senator Richard Durbin (IL)
  • Senator Diane Feinstein (CA)
  • Senator Al Franken (MN)
  • Senator Johnny Isakson (GA)
  • Senator Ed Markey (MA)
  • Senator Robert Menendez (NJ)
  • Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)
  • Senator Charles Schumer (NY)
  • Senator Thom Tillis (NC)
  • Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD)
  • Senator Roger Wicker (MS)

Updated: 01/10/2017


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.”


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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