Autism Speaks | Feds Tell Ohio to Cover ABA Under ‘Help Me Grow’ | Sept. 13, 2013 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Feds Tell Ohio to Cover ABA Under ‘Help Me Grow’

September 13, 2013

COLUMBUS (Sept. 13, 2013) — The U.S. Department of Education has directed Ohio to provide ABA for children under age 3 through its federally supported “Help Me Grow” program, stepping into a dispute that is already the subject of litigation.

According to a report in, the online news site of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Melody Musgrove, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s special education programs, issued a letter to the Ohio Department of Health stating that its federally supported early intervention services need to include applied behavior analysis (ABA).

ABA for those in the Help Me Grow program was to be made available “to any child who is considered a good candidate to receive it,” according to the report.

The letter noted that “the department is monitoring the litigation in Ohio,” referring to a federal complaint filed by Holly and Robert Young after their son Roman was denied ABA coverage under the Help Me Grow program. The Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center has assisted the plaintiffs in the case.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett ordered the state to resume ABA for the child until his 3rd birthday when the Young’s school district would then provide the therapy. The case is still in litigation.

Help Me Grow is Ohio’s birth-to-three program that provides state and federal funding to Ohio’s 88 county Family and Children First Councils. The county agencies provide home visitation services for expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers up to age three who have or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities, as well as other populations. The program is administered by the state health department’s Bureau of Early Intervention Services.

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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