Autism Speaks | New Law Prompts Oregon Tech To Expand ABA Courses | Sept. 13, 2013 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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New Law Prompts Oregon Tech To Expand ABA Courses

September 13, 2013

KLAMATH FALLS, OR (September 13, 2013) — The Oregon Institute of Technology is expanding its graduate course offerings in applied behavior analysis (ABA) to meet the expected demand for more practitioners as the state’s new autism insurance reform law takes effect.

“Here is more evidence that autism insurance reform creates jobs,” said  Lorri Unumb, Esq, Autism Speaks’ vice president for state government affairs. “State laws requiring insurance coverage of ABA makes these services affordable and accessible to more families, thereby creating demand for more ABA therapists.”

Oregon Tech, which currently offers undergraduate and graduate coursework in ABA, will offer the first two of a planned nine-course sequence of graduate courses in ABA at its Wilsonville campus starting this fall.

“These courses are designed to provide the rigorous training in ABA that will prepare professionals working in the field of autism to be ready to meet the need for well-qualified, credentialed providers,” the institute said in a statement. Oregon Tech now offers a four-course undergraduate sequence that has been approved by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the coursework standards for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA).

The expanded offerings are a result of the enactment of SB.365, a law requiring state-regulated health plans to cover ABA, in August. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Alan Bates, a family physician from Medford.

“I am pleased that Oregon Tech has jumped on the opportunity to prepare qualified practitioners to offer these services,” said Bates.

Dr. Maria Lynn Kessler, a professor of applied psychology at Oregon Tech, said the Applied Psychology program will partner with behavior analysts in the Wilsonville area to bring their expertise the the new course offerings.

“We look forward to meeting the workforce development needs by offering rigorous coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis to prepare professionals to provide quality services that will make a difference in the lives of children with autism,” she said.

The Oregon law, signed by Governor John Kitzhaber in August, will take effect in 2015 for public employees and 2016 for state-regulated health plans.

The new law establishes requirements for state-regulated health plans to approve and manage autism treatment, including ABA and any other medical or mental health services identified in an individualized treatment plan. To qualify, kids must begin treatment before age 9; up to 25 hours of ABA per week will be covered and continue for as long as medically necessary, regardless of age.

Existing Oregon laws require coverage of autism treatment for older patients and those seeking more than 25 hours of ABA per week.

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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