Autism Speaks | Autism Speaks Issues Autism-Specific Details On New Health Law | Oct. 10, 2013 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Issues Autism-Specific Details On New Health Law 

October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (October 10, 2013) — Autism Speaks today issued autism-specific resources to help families understand the Affordable Care Act and the new changes that will affect health insurance coverage, beginning in 2014. These resources are a prelude to the “Autism Speaks Insurance Link,” a new interactive web tool Autism Speaks will unveil shortly to help families determine whether they are eligible for autism benefits under their current coverage.

“We understand that choosing a health insurance plan can be complicated,” said Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks. “This is especially true for the autism community, where existing coverage often does not meet families’ needs and those with autism spectrum disorder face benefit and coverage gaps.”

These new comprehensive resources will help ensure that families have access to accurate information about health insurance coverage and include:

  • An easy-to-understand summary of the Affordable Care Act’s key provisions
  • A guide to the provisions that impact the autism community, such as allowing children to remain on their parent’s coverage until age 26 and the coverage of preexisting conditions
  • Factors to consider when shopping for health insurance coverage
  • A series of fact sheets on new insurance reforms, Health Insurance Marketplaces, and Medicaid expansion

“The Affordable Care Act offers new health insurance options and we hope these materials will be useful in making the best choice for those with autism spectrum disorder and their families,” Feld added. “More than ever, we are committed to ensuring that every family affected by autism, everywhere in the country, has the information, resources, and access it needs to care for its loved ones.”

The release follows the first week of open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplaces in every state and comes ahead of major insurance reforms that will go into effect in 2014.

Individuals, families, and small businesses can explore their new options, learn whether they are eligible for financial assistance, and enroll in coverage through their Marketplace until March 31, 2014. To learn more about the Marketplaces or how coverage will work in your state, visit or call the national hotline (available 24/7) at 1-800-318-2596.

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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