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Credit Suisse Introduces ABA Coverage for Employees
January 08, 2014
NEW YORK (January 8, 2014) — Credit Suisse, a Zurich-based financial services firm, has introduced insurance coverage for autism treatments, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), for its U.S. employees. Credit Suisse, which self-funds its health plan, made the decision voluntarily in response to employee requests.
Credit Suisse joins the growing ranks of major employers, many of them in the financial services realm, to voluntarily introduce ABA coverage for autism. Employers that self-insure their health plans are governed under federal ERISA law which does not require the coverage.
“I’m thrilled that Credit Suisse has shown courage and leadership in adding ABA therapy to their health care benefits program,” said Dina Wosk, whose child with autism will now benefit from the coverage. “The company is now on a list with other exceptional firms offering employees comparable program benefits.
“In my opinion, this will help with employee retention for the many families who live with the challenges of autism on a day-to-day basis,” she added. “I’m confident that I can speak on behalf of other families that we’re proud to be affiliated with such a forward-thinking firm.”
Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks’ vice president for state government affairs, commended Credit Suisse for taking the step and credited the University of Massachusetts Medical School for its assistance.
In addition to Credit Suisse, Autism Speaks is aware of several other major employers in the finance industry to voluntarily cover ABA for autism, including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, American Express and Capital One.
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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.