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Senate Approves Bipartisan Deal To Protect Federal Autism Funding
July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2014) — The U.S. Senate tonight approved the Autism CARES Act, which would dedicate $1.3 billion in federal funding for autism over the next five years. The bill was introduced and passed across party lines, and now goes to President Obama for his signature.
“The Senate has now joined with the House of Representatives in sending a clear and bipartisan message — the federal government will not abandon three million Americans with autism in the midst of a public health crisis,” said Autism Speaks President Liz Feld. “Autism Speaks commends Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) for their leadership and commitment to get the job done for the autism community’s most important legislative priority. We now look forward to President Obama signing Autism CARES into law.”
Autism CARES (HR.4631) enjoyed broad bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House and passed unanimously by voice vote. Autism Speaks joined with dozens of other national disabilities organizations in urging Congress to act before the law’s expiration date on September 30.
Introduced by Sens. Menendez (left) and Enzi (right) and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA), Autism CARES reauthorizes the landmark 2006 Combating Autism Act for another five years at an annual funding level of $260 million. The funding would be used primarily for autism research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health; funding also would be provided for continued autism prevalence monitoring; training of medical professionals to detect autism; and for continued efforts to develop treatments for medical conditions associated with autism.
“The Senate’s action today ensures these vital autism programs are reauthorized and continue providing research, services and supports individuals with autism and their families have come to rely on,” said Menendez. “The Autism CARES Act is a model of bipartisan, bicameral cooperation – and I am proud I was able to work on it and look forward to seeing the President sign this critical legislation into law.”
Feld said the Combating Autism Act, enacted in 2006 and then reauthorized in 2011, “has served our community by creating guidelines for the management of sleep disorders, ADHD symptoms, and other medical conditions. Among the many research advances have been progress with anxiety treatments and obesity.
“So much more needs to be achieved, particularly as the incidence of autism continues to rise at such alarming levels and so many of our children with autism start ‘aging out’ of services and face uncertainty over housing, employment, transportation and adult services,” she added. “Passage of this legislation is testament to the dedication of our grassroots advocates taking action with Congress through our Autism Champions web tool.”
Feld also commended Reps. Smith and Doyle for assembling and strengthening the Congressional Autism Caucus, which has grown to 150 members in the House and the Senate.
“By passing this legislation, Congress assures individuals with autism and their families that they will not be left behind, and that we are working to assist and empower them,” said Smith. “It is imperative that people with ASD are empowered to be self-sufficient so that they can not only earn money to meet their own needs, but also so they can utilize the talents they possess to contribute to society at large.”
Doyle said the federal government’s autism programs are providing important new knowledge about autism.
“These programs provide information and hope to individuals with autism and their families,” Doyle said. “Passage of the Autism CARES Act today makes it possible for those efforts to continue.”
Autism CARES would task the federal government with surveying the current landscape of adult services and report to Congress where gaps exist and how to most effectively address those needs.
The bill also would empower the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a panel with public and federal government representatives that develops and updates a strategic plan for addressing autism, with the task of avoiding unnecessary duplication and making recommendations to implement the strategic plan. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would be directed to take charge of implementing the plan and reporting to Congress on progress.
Autism CARES Supporting Organizations
The following organizations, through a task force organized by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, are urging Congress to enact Autism CARES by September 30.
• American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
• American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
• American Academy of Pediatrics
• American Association on Health and Disability
• American Dance Therapy Association
• American Occupational Therapy Association
• American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
• Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
• Association of Professional Behavior Analysts
• Association of University Centers on Disabilities
• Autism Speaks
• Autism Society of America
• Autism National Committee
• Brain Injury Association of America
• Children’s Hospital Association
• Council for Learning Disabilities
• Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation
• Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
• Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children
• Epilepsy Foundation
• Easter Seals
• Family Voices
• IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinators Association
• Lutheran Services in America Disability Network
• March of Dimes
• National Alliance on Mental Illness
• National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
• National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
• National Down Syndrome Society
• National Respite Coalition
• Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered
• School of Social Work Association of America
• The Advocacy Institute
• The Arc of the United States
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
More With Autism Votes
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.