Autism Speaks | Cuomo Enacts NY ABA Licensing Law | Jan. 10, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Cuomo Enacts NY ABA Licensing Law

January 10, 2014

ALBANY (January 10, 2014) — Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed a bill facilitating insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for autism by creating a state licensing procedure for practitioners. The new licensing process puts to rest a bureaucratic issue that early last year thwarted ABA coverage under the state’s autism insurance reform law.

“Governor Cuomo’s signature on this legislation ensures that New York families can access meaningful, quality care for their loved ones with autism,” said Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks’ director of state government affairs. “We remain continually grateful to him as well as to Assemblyman Joseph Morelle and Senator Chuck Fuschillo for their thoughtfulness, collaboration and leadership without which we would not be celebrating today. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York continues to be a national leader in meeting the needs of the autism community.” 

In November 2012, New York’s autism insurance reform law requiring state-regulated health plans to cover ABA took effect. But the state Department of Financial Services (DFS) imposed a regulation requiring that ABA practitioners obtain a state license in order to qualify for insurance reimbursement. Because New York has no ABA license, the requirement effectively blocked the ability of families to use their new insurance coverage.

In response, Morelle and Fuschillo introduced the licensing bill early in 2013 and within months it cleared the Senate and Assembly by unanimous votes. DFS then responded in July with emergency regulations allowing ABA practitioners to qualify for insurance coverage if they were certified by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

The new law (S.4862) now supplements the DFS regulation by providing for the state licensing process.

According to the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA), the new law makes New York the 13th state to create licenses for ABA practitioners. A similar licensing dispute in Virginia had delayed implementation of its law.

“The licensure of Behavior Analysts will allow for the full and proper implementation of the autism insurance law in addition to ensuring that Board Certified Behavior Analysts will move to or remain in New York after completing one of the many training programs for behavior analysts in our state,” said NYSABA President Dr. Deborah A. Napolitano. “This will further improve access to quality care for individuals with autism and other consumers of ABA.”

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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