[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Autism CARES Rolls Out Of House, Senate Hearing On Tap
June 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (June 24, 2014) — The U.S. House of Representatives tonight approved a five-year extension of federal funding for autism research, monitoring and other activities with strong bipartisan support. A Senate committee plans to take up the bill tomorrow as Congress races a September 30 deadline to get final legislation before President Obama.
Called Autism CARES, the House and Senate bills, would reauthorize the 2006 Combating Autism Act through the 2019 federal budget, calling for $260 million annually in new federal funding, a revamped Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), and an initiative to address the growing needs of adults with autism. The legislation would also institute stronger accountability controls over the use of federal funding.
“Autism Speaks expresses its gratitude to the House of Representatives and our bipartisan champions, Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), for delivering the support and priority attention this legislation demands,” said Autism Speaks President Liz Feld. “Autism is this nation’s fastest growing neuro-developmental disability and now costs the United States $239 billion a year. Doing nothing is not an option.”
Autism Speaks is part of a coalition of dozens of national disabilities organizations urging Congressional approval of Autism CARES. Other groups include the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Arc, Easter Seals, the March of Dimes, the Autism Society of America, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
The House bill (HR.4631) was introduced just five weeks ago, attracted over 80 bipartisan co-sponsors and cleared the Energy and Commerce Committee (E&C) with amendments incorporating changes in the Senate bill (S.2449).
“Autism Speaks thanks the E&C Chair, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), and Ranking Member, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), for their expeditious consideration of this vital legislation and the Senate amendments,” Feld said. “We also extend our gratitude to Reps. Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) for their leadership on the bill in the E&C’s Health Subcommittee.”
The bill was approved last night by voice vote by the House.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has scheduled a hearing tomorrow on S.2449, sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY). Once voted out of committee, the bill would be lined up for final Congressional action on the Senate floor.
The new reauthorization bill proposes:
- Dedicating another five years of federal funding for autism activities at an annual level of $260 million
- Designating an official in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the IACC’s strategic plan
- Directing HHS, with input from the autism community, to examine the demographics and transition needs of adults on the autism spectrum
“Previous autism law including the Combating Autism Act of 2011 made critical investments—continued by this bill—that are working to determine the causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), identify autistic children as early as possible to begin treatment, raise critical awareness and develop new therapies and effective services,” said Smith. Click here to read Smith’s floor statement.
Doyle said, “We have made tremendous advances in understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders – but this progress will be lost if Congress allows these programs expire. That is why it’s so important that Congress pass common-sense, bipartisan, bicameral legislation like the bill before us today.”
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.