[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
NGA Issues Blueprint for Employing People with Disabilities
August 05, 2013
MILWAUKEE (August 5, 2013) — The National Governors Association (NGA) issued A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities, an initiative by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell to raise awareness of the challenges faced by Americans with disabilities, including autism, in finding meaningful employment.
Markell chose the issue as his initiative during his one-year term as NGA chair. The report was issued shortly after the U.S. Department of Labor issued July employment data showing that, while unemployment overall dipped to 7.4 percent, the rate for those with disabilities rose from 14.2 percent to 14.7 percent.
“My initiative was designed to raise awareness about how the untapped talents of people with disabilities can contribute to a business’s bottom line,” Markell said. “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities looks at ways both state government and businesses can partner to bring opportunities to individuals with disabilities in the competitive labor market. We’re making strides on this front, but the work is far from over.”
The report’s “Blueprint for Governors” was issued at the NGA’s summer meeting held here. It was created from a series of events and meetings held over the past 12 months and recommends practical steps governors can take to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities in their states.
The final report issued five action items specific to governors:
- Incorporating disability employment into a state’s workforce development strategy
- Identifying and supporting businesses that employ people with disabilities
- Make state government a model employer by increasing the number of employees with disabilities
- Prepare youth with disabilities for working careers, providing employers with a pipeline of skilled workers
- Manage limited public resources to best advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic 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 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.