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Georgia 41st State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform
April 29, 2015
ATLANTA- Governor Nathan Deal signed autism insurance reform legislation, SB 1, better known as Ava’s Law today in a signing ceremony at the Capitol making Georgia the 41st state in the country to pass reforms that require coverage for autism related medical services. Grassroots advocates from across the state joined in the ceremony, including Ava Bullard for whom the legislation is named.
“In Georgia, 1 out of every 64 children is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. For boys, the risk is more prevalent, with 1 in 39 diagnosed with some form of autism,” Deal said. “I commend Lt. Gov. Cagle and the General Assembly for their efforts on behalf of our youngest, most vulnerable patients. Moving forward, this law will increase access to treatment for children struggling with autism while lessening the financial burdens it imposes on families.”
After a nearly eight-year push for autism insurance reform, a deal was reached earlier this month between Chairmen Charlie Bethel and Richard Smith which received unanimous approval from the legislature.
Over the multi-year push, grassroots activists from across the state met with their legislators to educate them on the importance of autism insurance reform. The law is expected to go into effect later this year.
“We are grateful that Gov. Nathan Deal has signed Ava’s Law which will help thousands of children with autism living in Georgia receive the medical treatment they deserve. The passage of autism insurance reform would not have been possible without the leadership of Senator Charlie Bethel and the tireless efforts of grassroots advocates across the state,” said Liz Feld president of Autism Speaks.
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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.