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Kids First Bill Gets Bipartisan Boost in Senate
January 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (January 28, 2014) — A bipartisan initiative to increase federal funding for pediatric research picked up momentum yesterday with the announcement that the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act will be introduced in the Senate with Democratic and Republican sponsors.
The measure was voted out of the House of Representatives in December with bipartisan support and cosponsors. Virginia’s Democratic Senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, joined with Utah Republican Orrin Hatch yesterday to announce they would soon introduce the Senate companion bill. The announcement was made in a joint press release with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).
First announced by Cantor on World Autism Awareness Day last year, the bill would generate $126 million over 10 years for pediatric research into various conditions, including autism, by eliminating public funding for the major party presidential conventions. The funding would be allocated to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The bill (HR.2019) was renamed in honor of Gabriella Miller [left], a 10-year-old Virginia girl who died last October following an 11-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor. Over 100 advocacy groups, including Autism Speaks, have endorsed the bill.
“The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act is an important way to honor the memory of this remarkable young Virginian while recognizing the importance of pediatric disease research,” said Kaine. “I’m honored to support this effort and look forward to doing all I can to move it forward in the Senate.”
Hatch said that prioritizing research funding at the NIH to address childhood conditions “just makes sense…Once we’ve introduced this legislation in the Senate, I pledge to do everything in my power to make sure this bill becomes law.”
Warner said, “I am pleased to add my support to this worthwhile effort to boost NIH research for pediatric diseases. By all accounts, Gabriella Miller was a profile in courage, and I can think of no better way to honor her legacy.”
Cantor said, “Putting a priority on federal funding for pediatric medical research at the NIH will help overcome childhood cancer, autism and many other” conditions affecting children.
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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.