Autism Speaks | Poll: 82% Support (by Non-Autistic People) In North Carolina For Autism Insurance Bill | July 3, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Poll: 82% Support In North Carolina For Autism Insurance Bill

July 03, 2014

Raleigh, NC (July 3, 2014) – North Carolinians overwhelmingly support insurance coverage for autism, according to a survey conducted by the conservative polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies.  Legislation requiring the coverage has twice passed the state House of Representatives, but continues to languish in the Senate.

Poll results indicate that 82 percent of North Carolina voters support requiring private health insurance companies to cover the treatment of autism. The results further show that the widespread support for the issue extends across ideological and political party lines.

Autism affects 1 in 58 children in North Carolina. And while the most effective, proven tool used to treat autism is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), most insurance plans do not cover ABA treatment in North Carolina, as they do in 37 other states. ABA is an intensive, one-on-one treatment that, according to decades of research, can help nearly half of young children with autism achieve normal functioning. In the Legislature, SB.493 has been amended by the House to include autism insurance coverage and now awaits concurrence from the Senate.

“The poll confirms what we have believed all along: that North Carolinians want children with autism to have meaningful health insurance coverage,” said Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks’ vice president for state government affairs. “I’ve been working on this for five years in North Carolina and have heard from families all across the state who desperately need this coverage. This bill will be a lifesaver for thousands of families in North Carolina.”

The poll also shows, by a 39 to 11 percent margin, that North Carolina voters would be more likely to re-elect their state legislator if they knew he/she voted to require that private insurance companies cover the treatment of autism. 

“An overwhelming majority of North Carolina voters, across all demographic groups, support the pending state legislation requiring private insurers to treat autism,” said Public Opinion Strategies, “And, by nearly a four-to-one margin, voters are more likely to reward their state legislator at the polls this November for their support of this issue.”

The poll included arguments in opposition to autism insurance reform, such as increased cost to small businesses and the addition of a “mandate,” and North Carolinians still overwhelmingly supported the bill.

This poll was a comprehensive, statewide telephone study among 600 likely voters commissioned by Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism awareness and advocacy organization from May 21-22, 2014.  The margin of error is + 4.0 percent.

The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism 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 workIn 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.

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