[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
House Members Respond to CDC Announcement
March 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2014) — Members of the U.S. House of Representatives issued the following statements today in response to the new autism prevalence estimates made by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER ERIC CANTOR (R-VA)
(Championed Kids First Research Act directing $126 million in federal funding to pediatric research)
“Today’s announcement by the CDC highlights not only the very real, lived experience of families affected by autism, it also speaks to the need for a national strategy to address this issue. I stand with the autism community today and look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to respond to this urgent public health crisis.”
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ):
(House sponsor of the 2011 Combating Autism Reauthorization Act; co-chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus)
“The continued increase in children affected by autism—a 30 percent rise from previous figures—shows the magnitude of the problem. It’s alarming. We have to continue the work to determine the cause of ASD, identify autistic children as early as possible to begin treatment, and press ahead with research, new therapies and effective services. The quality of life of many children is at stake, as it is with young adults who age out of the support services in educational systems.”
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA):
(Co-chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus)
“The CDC results are more evidence, if any is necessary, that the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders is greater than we thought just a few years ago. These results emphasize just how essential it is that the federal government increase our investments in research on autism spectrum disorders – along with services to diagnose and treat individuals with autism and help them and their families.”
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
(Chair of the House Republican Conference; special needs parent)
“As the mom of a 6-year old son with Down syndrome, I know firsthand the challenges those with disabilities – and their families – face. When our son Cole was diagnosed with Down syndrome – just three days after he was born – the doctors informed us his life would be full of medical complications. They focused on his limits, not on his abilities. Years later, as an advocate for the disability community and a proud supporter of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, I am confident we can expand long-term opportunities for those with disabilities. The prevalence of Autism very much concerns me, which is why I will continue to make sure those with special needs can help save for their futures and have endless opportunities to reach their full potential.”
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
(House sponsor of the ABLE Act which would allow tax-exemopt savings accounts for people with disabilities)
“The increase in the prevalence of autism in children announced by the CDC 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. ABLE opens the door for them to live their lives to their highest potential by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses in areas such as education, housing, medical, and transportation. ABLE is about leveling the playing field for all those who live with disabilities, and the time is now to turn this legislation into law.”
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
(Champion of improved TRICARE coverage for military kids with autism)
“Today’s announcement by the CDC highlights not only the everyday experience of families affected by autism, it also addresses the need for a national plan to tackle this issue. With the release of data today, I look forward to continuing my efforts to work with my colleagues on an actionable response to this health crisis.”
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.