[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Nebraska lowers age for start of transition services
June 4, 2021
On May 24, Governor Pete Ricketts signed into law LB 527, a bill that lowers the age at which high school students with developmental disabilities begin planning for their transition to adulthood. Before this law, Nebraska was not required to begin the transition planning process until age 16, which is often too late for students with autism and later than when most states begin. The new law sets 14 as the age for transition planning to begin.
Transition planning for students diagnosed with autism is critical to their success in adulthood. Each year, approximately 70,000 children with autism graduate from high school and face a “service cliff.” Early planning for this transition to adulthood is key to achieving goals in continuing education, employment, independent living and community participation.
This legislative effort was led by Autism Speaks and supported by other organizations as well as the Nebraska Department of Education. We are thankful for all the advocates who supported the effort, and we are especially grateful for the leadership of Senator Lynne Walz, who is Chair of the Senate’s Education Committee and championed this milestone in transition services. Sen. Walz was supported by Speaker Mike Hilgers who acknowledged the importance of this bill by designating it as priority legislation.
The new law is scheduled to be implemented on August 27, 2021. We will continue to work on effective implementation and pursue enhanced transition services across the country.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic 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 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.