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Lawmakers Approve Two Autism Centers
Bergen Record Corp., Tuesday, March 30, 1999
Bob Groves Staff Writer
State lawmakers have given final approval to a plan to create two centers for treatment and research of autism — a baffling developmental disorder that affects 12,000 New Jerseyans.
The New Jersey Infantile Autism Biomedical Research Act would also establish an 11-member governor’s council on autism in the state Department of Health and Senior Services, said Nicholas R. Felice, R-Fair Lawn, who co-sponsored the bill with Assembly Minority Leader Joseph V. Doria, D-Bayonne.
The Assembly unanimously approved the act on Monday; the bill was combined with a similar measure that already passed the Senate. Governor Whitman now has 45 days to act on it.
One of the two Centers of Excellence for Autism would be housed at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, Felice said. He did not know where the other center would be located, but he said he would like to see it at Hackensack University Medical Center.
The bill provides for $1.5 million in funding, with the lion’s share going to the two centers. The council would receive $50,000 to pay an administrator’s salary and $50,000 for public education programs, to share information among researchers, and to develop programs for autistic people and their families.
“This is a very important bill, because we know little or nothing about autism,” Felice said. If signed into law, the bill would make New Jersey eligible to share $40 million in proposed annual federal funding, he said.
There is no cause or cure for autism, a lifelong behavior and communication disability that affects 400,000 Americans — including one in every 500 children in New Jersey. The cost of caring for people with autism in New Jersey is an estimated $500 million per year.
The first signs of autism usually occur when a child is between 18 months and 3 years old. Autistic children may stop developing language skills or may lose some of the skills they have. Some withdraw from social contact or become hyperactive.
Experts are not sure whether autism is hereditary and are divided on whether it is best treated by behavior modification and education or by hormone treatments or other medications.
The passage of the New Jersey initiative “was wonderful news for us,” said Albert Enayati of Paramus, founder of New Jersey Cure Autism Now, a chapter of a national advocacy group of 18,000 parents, clinicians, and scientists who are seeking ways to treat and prevent the disorder.
“For many years nobody cared about autism. But now, New Jersey is bringing hope for our children,” said Enayati, whose son is autistic.
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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.