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Oklahoma Budget Cuts Threaten 4 Autism Centers

March 31, 2014

(March 31, 2014) — Four autism centers providing early intervention services for Oklahoma children are in danger of closing due to a threatened $600,000 state budget cut.

Families across the state are now appealing to Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman who has expressed support for restoring the funding, according to Kathy McCracken, executive director of the state’s Children’s Hospital; Foundation. The foundation has been financially supporting the program through the Oklahoma University Child Study Center which set up the centers in 2007 in Norman, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Mustang.

The state Department of Education has said it plans to cut the $600,000 annual base funding for the centers, an act that would force them to close, McCracken said. The state attibuted the cut to the federal budget “sequester” which created across-the-board reducations in funding support, she said.

The cut is particularly harsh for Oklahoma, one of only 16 states yet to require private insurers to cover medically necessary treatments, leaving parents few options to afford intensive early intervention services for their children with autism.

“Oklahoma’s children with autism and their families, who are currently enrolled, will lose an incredible opportunity to learn and grow to be productive citizens,” McCracken said. “Current parents in the program will become desperate for help, some will move to other states. Parents on the waiting list will know there is no help in the future for them in Oklahoma.” 

In addition, she said, “Oklahoma will lose a nationally recognized research program which has created jobs for new researchers, and Oklahoma may lose these talented scientists to other states.”

The four centers integrate toddlers and preschoolers with autism and their peers in community daycare and “mother’s day out” programs, offering home-based and center-based specialized services needed by children with autism. More than 32 children with autism under the age of 4 have completed the intervention and at least that many are currently receiving services in these “model” pre-school centers,” McCracken said.

The centers employ 28 teachers who work directly with the children, she said. In addition, a team of specialists helps train educators and other professionals across Oklahoma. 

“And yes, there is a waiting list of children and teachers wanting to participate,” McCracken said.

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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