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ABA For Military Kids Bill Introduced In Congress
May 09, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (May 9, 2014) — Bipartisan legislation that would require TRICARE to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) for all military children with developmental disabilities, including autism, at medically prescribed levels was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Sponsored by Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Rooney (R-FL), the Caring for Military Children with Developmental Disabilities Act of 2014 marks the latest effort in Congress to improve and standardize medical coverage of ABA therapy under TRICARE, the military health system.
“Autism Speaks commends the leadership and dedication of Congressmen Larson and Rooney in pursuing this vital legislation for military children,” said Karen Driscoll, Autism Speaks’ associate director for federal government affairs and military relations. “Given the unique way military families serve today and all they sacrifice, proving appropriate access to care and investing in the future of our military children is the right thing to do.”
The bill, HR.4630, would provide access to ABA for all children with developmental disabilities, improve coverage to address medically recommended treatment levels, and allow for coverage of the ABA tiered service delivery model which includes Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts and ABA Technicians.
“Access to health care services and treatment are crucial for children with developmental disabilities,” said Larson (left). “Today, families serving our nation and military retirees face even greater challenges accessing that care. That’s why we are continuing our work to honor our military families and ensure access to the care and services they deserve.”
Rooney said, “Families across the country face incredible challenges in raising children with autism and developmental disabilities. I’ve seen this firsthand with my two nephews on the autism spectrum. For our military families, these challenges can be particularly daunting.
“Our common sense bill helps ensure that the children of our troops and military retirees have access to the health care services they need,”Rooney said.
In 2012, a similar bill passed both houses of Congress requiring expanded coverage, but the measure was whittled down in conference committee to a one-year pilot program which has been problematic and has served very few children.
TRICARE now has three different programs delivering ABA services in three different ways, and not one of them is permanent. Last month, TRICARE reported to Congress it plans to consolidate the three programs into a new demonstration which is also a temporary program. The new bill works to make ABA coverage a permanent medical benefit under TRICARE.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic 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 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.