[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
State Leaders Respond To CDC Announcement
March 27, 2014
(March 28, 2014) — State leaders issued the following statements in response to the new autism prevalence estimates made by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin
(Signed one of nation’s strongest autism insurance reform bills into law; chair Democratic Governors Association)
“The numbers on the prevalence of autism released today by the Center for Disease Control are another reminder of the great responsibility and urgent opportunity America’s governors have to advocate for the autism community. I stand with them today and look forward to working with governors in states across the country to respond to this urgent public health crisis.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
(Presides over state with nation’s highest autism prevalence; chair Republican Governors Association)
“As government leaders, we have a moral obligation to recognize the individual and unique needs of our residents who have a developmental disability and provide them with the tools necessary to lead fuller, more productive lives. That said, New Jersey has one of the best systems in the nation for identifying, diagnosing and caring for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My Administration remains firmly committed to continuing our efforts to find new and innovative ways that help New Jersey families impacted by ASD and improving the lives of their loved ones.”
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
More With Autism Votes
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.