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Autism CARES Teed Up For Final Senate Vote
June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2014) — Less than 24 hours after being approved by the House, legislation renewing the federal government’s funding response to autism for another five years cleared the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. It heads now tothe Senate floor.
Called Autism CARES, the Senate bill, (S.2449), is sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY). The bill 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 President Liz Feld meets with Senator Menendez (photo) prior to the House and Senate committee actions
“Autism Speaks thanks Senators Menendez and Enzi, along with the HELP Committee chairman, Sen. Tom Harkin, for keeping the momentum going behind this bill which is so vital to the future of our nation’s autism community,” said Autism Speaks President Liz Feld. “With the deadline for Congress to complete action now less than 100 days away, we take heart in the leadership demonstrated by these champions to get the job done.”
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 and gained final floor approval last night by voice vote. Amendments drafted by the Senate for S.2449 were incorporated into the House bill in order to expedite action.
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
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.