Autism Speaks | Steinberg Calls March 4 Hearing To Assess Insurance Law (PDF Avail.) | Feb. 21, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA #STOPBigAutism


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Steinberg Calls March 4 Hearing To Assess Insurance Law

February 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO (February 21, 2014) — California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has scheduled a March 4 hearing to examine the impacts of the state’s 2011 autism insurance reform law, including a review of how the Regional Centers have been affected.

The hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders will take place at the State Capitol in Room 4203 starting at 1:30 pm. The agenda is HERE.

Steinberg, who sponsored the 2011 law (SB.946), said the informational hearing will focus on four areas:

  1. Access to care: Are consumers and families obtaining appropriate services and interventions in a timely and effective manner?
  2. Assessment and treatment: Are consumers and families obtaining services and interventions from appropriate and qualified networks of providers?
  3. Fiscal implications: What are the financial issues (savings and expenses) that have ensued from the autism mandate and how are they affecting consumers/families, regional centers, providers, health plans and other stakeholders?
  4. Benefits & Challenges: Are there other issues, perspectives, and topics that merit consideration in the implementation of the autism mandate?

A significant portion of the hearing is expected to fous on the law’s impact on the Regional Centers. Kristin Jacobson, representing the Alliance of California Autism Organizations, will present the findings of a statewide survey of consumers conducted by the Autism Society. 

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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