Autism Speaks | Military Kids Gain Easier Access to ABA, But Barriers Remain (PDF Avail.) | Feb. 6, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Military Kids Gain Easier Access to ABA, But Barriers Remain 

February 06, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (February 6, 2014) — TRICARE, the military healthcare program, has eased onerous testing and assessment requirements for retiring service members to access applied behavior analysis (ABA) under its Pilot program for non-active duty family members. 

Beneficiaries who were receiving ECHO Autism Demonstration services upon retirement from active duty will be allowed direct entry into the ABA Pilot and given a one-year grace period to complete all diagnostic, assessment, and referral requirements.

“These are important steps to address continuity of care for children of retiring service members, but we still have a long way to go to make sure the needs of all TRICARE beneficiaries with autism are met and policies are not overly burdensome,” said Karen Driscoll, Autism Speaks’ associate director for federal government affairs and military relations. “Action is needed to ensure families have timely access to care and services are consistent with best practices.”

TRICARE currently administers three different programs delivering ABA services, including the TRICARE Basic Program, the ECHO Autism Demonstration for active duty family members, and the ABA Pilot for non-active duty family members.

“Each of the three TRICARE programs vary significantly, and not one of them meets the needs of our kids,” said Driscoll. “Leadership at the Department of Defense has the ability to correct unnecessary barriers to ABA services and further action is needed.” 

To better understand the three plans ABA plans, Autism Speaks has created a side-by-side analysis which can be viewed here:

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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