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ABLE Tied To National Response to Rising Autism Rates
March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (March 28, 2014) –Responding to yesterday’s release of the new 1 in 68 autism prevalence estimate, Congressional leaders said the ABLE Act must be part of a national plan to address the public health crisis of autism. Four more House members signed on as cosponsors to the bill, raising the total to 351, while Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) became the 70th Senator to become a cosponsor.
Sponsored by Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) [left] and Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, would allow the creation of tax-exempt savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The funds could be used for housing, transportation, job support, education and other services without jeopardizing eligibility for Social Security or Medicaid benefits.
“These alarming statistics underscore the need to address the long term needs of families caring for those with autism,” said Casey. “Parents of children with disabilities face daily struggles that we can’t even begin to imagine. The ABLE Act will provide families with the financial peace of mind they need, and Congress should pass it immediately.”
At an Autism Speaks press conference, Casey noted the overwhelming number of cosponsors and said President Obama was supportive when he raised the issue. He credited Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) with raising the issue with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell signed on as a cosponsor and within hours Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) signed on as well.
Casey credited the advocacy of Autism Speaks, which is part of a national coalition with the National Down Syndrome Society, for building support.
“I’m not sure anything else in the Senate has that many cosponsors,” he said. “That’s because of a really unified effort led by Autism Speaks.”
Crenshaw said the CDC announcement “further underscores the need for Congress to take up and pass the ABLE Act to provide individuals with disabilities with the financial planning tools they need and deserve. Those living with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities face enormous financial difficulties, yet they cannot benefit from the same IRS-sanctioned tools that other Americans enjoy to use in planning for their future.”
Burr said, “Children and adults with autism face enormous daily challenges, and it is important that we do what we can to support these individuals and their families as they deal with the day-to-day struggles presented by autism spectrum disorders. That’s why Senator Casey and I introduced the ABLE Act.”
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.