[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
GA Advocates Converge On Capitol For Ava’s Law
ATLANTA (February 4, 2014) — More than 100 Georgia autism advocates converged on the state capitol today to urge lawmakers to pass Ava’s Law in 2014 and make Georgia the 35th state to enact autism insurance reform.
The advocates visited capitol offices and then held a press conference with the bill sponsors, Rep. Ben Harbin (at podium), Senator John Albers and Anna Bullard, the mother of Ava Bullard, for whom the legislation is named. Rep. Scott Turner, who has a son with autism, shared his story as well.
Ava’s Law would require up to $50,000 a year in coverage for behavior health treatment which is routinely denied by health insurers, even though evidence-based treatments have been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Surgeon General. Also it would require coverage for autism-related speech, occupational and physical therapy as well as pharmacy, psychological and psychiatric care.
The campaign received a boost earlier this when Gov. Nathan Deal included coverage for state employees and teachers in his new budget proposal submitted to the Legislature. Autism Speaks commended the move while continuing to urge the Legislature to also pass the broader coverage that wopuld be provided under Ava’s Law.
Georgia is one of four Southern states considering autism insurance rteform legislation. In Mississippi, a bill cleared committee yesterday and was moved for a final House vote. In Tennessee, hearings are expected shortly on an autism insurance reform bill while the North Carolina Senate this spring is due to vote on a bill that passed the House 105-7 last year.
Prior to yesterday’s rally, Senator Albers joined with Anna and Ava Bullard on NBC-11 (watch below)
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.