Autism Speaks’ Lorri Unumb To Speak At TN Law School | Oct. 16, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA #EndAutismSpeaks

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Autism Speaks’ Lorri Unumb To Speak At TN Law School

October 16, 2014

LEXINGTON, SC  (October 16, 2014) — Lorri Unumb, Esq., vice president for state government affairs at Autism Speaks, will address the Belmont University School of Law on  “Legislating Autism Coverage: The Conservative Insurance Mandate” at a Law Review Symposium on Health Care Friday, October 17 in Nashville.

Unumb won the fight for autism insurance reform in her native South Carolina in 2006 then went on with Autism Speaks to help manage the enactment of similar laws in 35 other states. Today, 75 percent of the nation’s population is covered under state laws barring the insurance industry’s practice of excluding any coverage for autism treatment.

In addition to California, Texas and New York, Unumb helped manage the enactment of reform laws in Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas and Alaska. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was persuaded to veto a bill sent to her by the Legislature which would have voided its state mandate.

Tennessee is one of 13 states yet to enact autism insurance reform. Efforts will resume in 2015 with the Legislature to outlaw the insurance industry’s exclusionary practices. 

Belmont’s  Annual Symposium will be held on Friday, October 17 at the Baskin Center, home of its College of Law. Unumb is scheduled to speak at 9 am.  

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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