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Five More ERISA Employers Volunteer Autism Coverage In Health Plans

November 07, 2014

NEW YORK — Autism Speaks has learned of another five employers that will voluntarily offer coverage in their employee health benefit plans for autism treatment, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The companies each offer self-insured plans that are regulated under federal ERISA law and therefore are exempt from autism insurance reform laws enacted in 37 states.

“There’s been a huge spike in the number of companies offering coverage,” Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks’ vice president for state government affairs, recently told

“Employers have been very receptive,” Unumb said. “In the self-funded world, many companies pride themselves on having excellent benefits to stay competitive.”

The new employers include:

\Bloomberg BNA
Arlington, VA

A wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg, Bloomberg BNA, provides legal, tax, regulatory, and business information for professionals. It employs more than 2,500 reporters, correspondents, and practitioners to provide expert analysis, news, practice tools, and guidance.

It began in 1929 as the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.

South San Francisco

Founded in 1976, Genentech Inc., is a biotechnology corporation which became a subsidiary of Roche in 2009. It employs about 11,146 people and has been inclued on Fortune Magazine’s “100 best Companies To Work For” list for 16 years.

Beaverton, Oregon

Nike, Inc. is a multinational corporation that designs, manufactures and sells footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. With 44,000 employees, Nike is one of the world’s largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel.

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)
Cambridge, MA

With 3,000 employees in Cambridge, NIBR is the global pharmaceutical research organization for Novartis, conducting research on innovative medicines to treat disease and improve human health. 

T. Rowe Price

Founded in 1937, T. Rowe Price is a global investment management organization that was managing $731.2 billion in assets as of September 30, 2014. With 5,372 employees, the organization serves individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. The company also offers a variety of investment planning and guidance resources. 

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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