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Senate Sends Obama ‘Kids First’ Research Act
March 13, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (March 13, 2014) — The Senate by unanimous consent has approved the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act providing $126 million over 10 years to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research on pediatric conditions, including autism. The bill goes to President Obama for his signature.
Announced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) last year on World Autism Awareness Day, the measure picked up bipartisan sponsorship in the Senate led by Virginia’s Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Utah Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch. The bill (HR.2019) was named in honor of Gabriella Miller [left], a 10-year-old Virginia girl who died last October following an 11-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor. Over 100 advocacy groups, including Autism Speaks, endorsed the bill.
The bill would eliminate public funding for the presidential nominating conventions and redirect the funding to the NIH for pediatric research. About $12.6 million a year would be made available.
“Autism Speaks commends Leader Cantor for forging this bipartisan commitment to funding research for autism and pediatric conditions,” said Autism Speaks President Liz Feld. “This shows sound leadership and sets an important example about how to establish priorities in Congress.”
“This bipartisan effort is about making sure pediatric disease research is a high priority,” said Kaine. “I applaud the leadership of my fellow Richmonder Eric Cantor in moving this bill through the House.”
Warner said he saw consensus that pediatric research “should be a higher national priority.”
“Our children are our future, and furthering our efforts to fight against pediatric cancer and other diseases impacting our youth should be among our nation’s top priorities,” said Hatch. “I’m proud the House and Senate were able to come together in a bipartisan manner and pass this important bill, and I hope the President signs into law as soon as possible.”
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.