[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Georgia Senate Approves Compromise Insurance Bill
February 25, 2014
ATLANTA (February 25, 2014) — The Georgia Senate voted unanimously for a compromise autism insurance bill after hearing several lawmakers, some in tears and one quoting from the Gettysburg Address, argue for passage of the bill. It goes now to the House of Representatives.
Sponsored by Senator Tim Golden of Valdosta, the chair of the Senate Insurance Committee, the bill, SB.397, would require state-regulated health plans to cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism through age six. Coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment would be covered up to $35,000 a year.
“This is a finely crafted bill,” said Golden. “If it is to have any chance at all (in the House), it needs to come out of the Senate with no changes.”
Several speakers credited Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for breaking an impasse in the Senate by helping to broker the new bill. Cagle spoke for the bill before the Insurance Committee last week, the first time he has ever appeared before a legislative committee.
The Senate voted 51-0 for the bill, which is a new compromise version of Ava’s Law. Sen. John Albers, the sponsor of the original Ava’s Law bill, spoke in favor of the compromise version.
“This is a great day for Georgia,” said Albers. “This helps children, it helps people with special needs and it saves the state money, all at the same time. If you every voted for a bill like that, I would like to know what it is.”
Ava’s Law was named after Ava Bullard of Lyons, whose mother Anna has helped rally advocates around the state for better insurance. Her uncle, Senator Tommie Williams, spoke passionately for the bill on the Senate floor and took on the National Federation of Independent Business, a lobbying arm for small businesses.
“I own five businesses and I’ve started other businesses that failed,” Williams said. “When I buy something I’m not just interested in the lowest price, I’m interested in quality at the best price.
“That’s what they (NFIB) should be doing for me as a small businessman, and not just saying every mandate is bad.”
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
More With Autism Votes
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.