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Breakthrough In Georgia As New Bill Heads To Senate Floor
February 20, 2014
ATLANTA (February 20, 2014) — The Georgia Senate Insurance Committee yesterday unanimously approved a new autism insurance reform bill that had been introduced just hours earlier. During the hearing, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle [below], making his first-ever appearance at a committee meeting, offered support for the state’s autism community.
Sponsored by Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Tim Golden, the new bill (SB.397) now moves to the Senate floor where a vote could come as early as Tuesday. The bill differs in a number of respects from Ava’s Law (SB.191), requiring:
- Assessments, evaluations or tests by a licensed physician or licensed psychologist to diagnose whether an individual has an autism spectrum disorder
- Applied Behavior Analysis up to $35,000 per year provided or supervised by a BCBA
- Counseling services provided by a licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical professional counselor or clinical social worker
- Therapy services provided by a licensed or certified speech therapist, occupational therapist or physical therapist
- Coverage through age six
“Autism Speaks commends Lt. Gov. Cagle, Senator Golden and Senator Renee Unterman for persevering on this issue to find a workable bill,” said Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks’ director fo state government affairs. “This is a bittersweet moment as the new bill would provide less coverage than Ava’s Law, but this is an important first step as we continue to seek the best coverage for the most families.”
Sen. John Albers, the sponsor of Ava’s Law, urged advocates to support the new bill. Neither the Albers bill nor its House companion bill, sponsored by Rep. Ben Harbin, have received committee hearings with time starting to run short in the current Georgia legislative session.
On Monday, the House approved Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed new state budget which would extend autism insurance coverage for state employees and teachers.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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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.