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TRICARE Retreats On Planned ABA Cuts for Military Kids
July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2013) — The Department of Defense announced today its new restrictions on applied behavior analysis (ABA) for the nation’s 23,000 military kids with autism will not be applied to active duty members covered under the ECHO program or TRICARE Basic. The changes will apply only to a pilot program for the families of non-active and retired personnel.
The proposed changes, scheduled to take effect July 25, aroused a storm of protest from military families and led U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) to demand answers from the Pentagon.
The proposed policy changes would have required parents to arrange standardized testing every six months for their children in order to continue receiving care, and demonstrate “measurable progress.” Continued care after two years of therapy and after age 16 would require a waiver, and new discharge criteria would be put in place.
“Beginning July 25, 2013, the Department is greatly expanding services available to non-active duty family members with introduction of the ABA Pilot,” TRICARE announced. “The pilot will provide non-active duty family members, including retirees, with access to additional areas of ABA reinforcement.”
TRICARE was ordered by Congress last year to start the ABA pilot program within 90 days, but the launch has been delayed for months.
“There are no changes in the TRICARE Basic program or the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) Autism Services Demonstration providing ABA to active duty family members,” the DoD announced.
Earlier this week, a U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at Fort Bragg, NC, about the policy changes.
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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.