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Salt Lake Mayor Proposes Utah’s First Autism Coverage
November 05, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY (November 5, 2013) — Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams yesterday unveiled his proposal to extend autism insurance benefits to county employees. If approved as part of the county’s 2014 budget proposal, the autism coverage would be the first in Utah which has the nation’s highest rate of autism prevalence.
“This is not only the right thing to do for the families of county employees, it will also save the county money in the long run,” McAdams [left] said at a news conference as reported in the Deseret News. The proposal is subject to approval by the Salt Lake County Council and would take effect April 1, 2014 if adopted.
“What is happening today is nothing short of a miracle,” Lt. Shanda Gonzalez, an employee of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office whose 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with autism at age six, told the News.
Under McAdams’ proposal, up to $36,000 a year in autism therapies would be provided to children through age 9; for children aged 10 to 18, $15,000 a year would be covered. The county has approximately 4,000 employees.
The Utah Legislature has declined to move autism insurance reform legislation in recent years, opting instead for a pilot program serving approximately 300 children. One of just 16 states yet to require autism insurance coverage by law, Utah has over 18,000 children diagnosed with autism, according to estimates by the Utah Autism Coalition.
Based on nationwide prevalence monitoring by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Utah has the highest prevalence of autism of any state at 1 in 47 children. The nationwide prevalence is 1 in 88 children.
In addition, studies have found the prevalence of autism in Utah jumped 157 percent from 2002 to 2008, while the increase in developmental disorders nationwide increased by 78 percent.
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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.