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Menendez Moves to Expand Adult Transition Services
July 15, 2013
PARAMUS, NJ (July 15, 2013) — Autism Speaks today commended U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) for introducing the AGE-IN Act which would address the challenges faced by young adults with autism as they “age out” of public education and other support services. Menendez announced the bill here at the ECLC of New Jersey’s Bergen P.R.I.D.E. Center.
The Menendez bill would fund research, training and planning for a pilot program in adult transition services. The bill is called the Assistance in Gaining Experience, Independence, and Navigation Act of 2013, or AGE-IN Act.
Menendez invited Kerry Magro [right], a young adult with autism, to speak of his experiences with transition issues. Magro works as a social media specialist with Autism Speaks and is a newly published author.
“For too many young people with autism spectrum disorders, the end of high school means the end of the support and skills training they need to succeed in the new world of adulthood,” said Menendez. He called for a national response to the necessary resources are available to ensure young adults with with autism can lead productive, fulfilling lives.
“Senator Menendez has been a leading champion for the autism community in Congress and the AGE-IN Act shows he is closely attuned to the pressing needs of our families,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks’ executive vice president for programs and services. “Many thousands of young adults with autism are now ‘aging out’ of the daily supports they receive through the public education system, and need help with employment, housing, transportation, higher education and other services. Living at home with aging parents is simply not an option in many cases.”
The AGE-IN Act would fund research into the aging-out phenomenon and inventory the existing infrastructure for community-based housing, continuing education and vocational training, accessible transportation and community integration services. In addition, a strategic plan would be created for a “Transition to Independence” pilot program providing a full range of support services for adult transition.
The Transition Navigator Grant Program would create university-based training programs to create a network of “navigators” capable of helping young adults with autism transition to community-based settings.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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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.