Autism Speaks | Nebraska 2014 Kickoff Rally Set For Feb. 25 | Feb. 12, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Nebraska 2014 Kickoff Rally Set For Feb. 25

February 13, 2014

LINCOLN (February 13, 2014) — An Autism Awareness Rally at the Nebraska capitol has been set for February 25 to kick off this year’s legislative push for autism insurance reform.

The rally will feature Sen. Colby Coash [left], who introduced an insurance reform bill, LB-505, last year. The bill received a hearing in the Banking, Insurance and Commerce Committee, but was deferred for further action action until this year. Nebraska is now one of just 16 remaining states yet to enact reform through legislation.

The rally is scheduled for Room 1023, located on the first floor of the west side of the capitol building between 9 and 11 am. In addition to Coash, speakers will include Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks’ associate director of state government affairs; Cathy Martinez, of the Autism Family Network, and; Melissa Schop, of the Autism Society of Nebraska. For more details, go here.

The Coash bill would require up to $70,000 a year in coverage for behavioral health treatment, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, for the first three years of treatment. The limit would be $20,000 annually thereafter until the age of 21.

Colorado, Kansas and Iowa are among the 34 states that already require some form of autism insurance coverage. Legislation is moving in Kansas to expand its law and a reform bill has begun moving through the South Dakota legislature.


Nebraska State Capitol
Room 1023 (West Side, I* Floor)
February 25
9:00am- 11:00am

Senator Colby Coash, Distriet 25
Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks
Cathv Martinez. Autism Familv Network
Melissa Schop, Autism Society of Nebraska
Questions? Contact Aubrianna Faustman at 402/475-0727 or
Do vou know who your senator is? If not, contact Aubri and she can help you find out.

ARCof Lincoln
ARC of Nebraska
Autism Action Partnership
Autism Center of Nebraska
Autism Family Network
Autism Leadership Academy/NE LEND Program
Autism Society of Nebraska
Autism Speaks
Nebraska Act Early Autism State Team

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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