Meng, Doyle And Fitzpatrick Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Skill Training For Caregivers Of Children With Autism Or Other Developmental Disabilities Or Delays | Feb. 18, 2022 #AutismPolitics #BanABA

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MENG, DOYLE AND FITZPATRICK INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE SKILL TRAINING FOR CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM OR OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES OR DELAYS

Feb 18, 2022  

Press Release 

Congressmembers introduce measure on National Caregivers Day.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, on National Caregivers Day, U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus, and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan Autism Family Caregivers Act of 2022, a bipartisan bill that would provide access to caregiver skills training for family members who care for children with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities or delays. 

“Every day, caregivers give endlessly of their own time and energy to help our loved ones live more complete lives. With families spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as disruptions to in-person learning continue, access to tools and assistance for children with developmental disabilities is essential to support healthy development,” said Rep. Meng. “Our bill directly addresses the disparity in access to services for families of children with autism or other developmental disabilities or delays by providing an evidence-based way to support healthy development of young children with autism while empowering family caregivers with knowledge and skills. Giving caregivers a route to get the type of training and resources they need not only benefits the communities they serve but also the children’s lives they are in charge of enhancing.” 

“Making sure that caregivers have the right training and skills to care for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities can go a long way to ensuring that every child with autism reaches their full potential,” said Rep. Doyle. “I am excited to introduce the bipartisan Autism Family Caregivers Act with Representative Meng and Representative Fitzpatrick, which will improve both the mental and physical well-being of caregivers and children alike.”

“As a member of the Congressional Autism Caucus, I am deeply committed to ensuring that individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “I am proud to join Reps. Meng and Doyle to introduce the bipartisan Autism Family Caregivers Act, which will equip our hardworking caregivers with the training and tools that are essential to support healthy development in children with autism.”

The Autism Family Caregivers Act would establish a five-year pilot program that would award grants to nonprofit organizations, community health centers, hospital systems, or a consortium, to provide evidence-based caregiver skills training to family caregivers of children with autism and other developmental disabilities or delays. Caregiver skills training teaches family caregivers how to use every day routines and home activities to improve the mental and physical well-being of children with autism and other developmental disabilities or delays, and their caregivers, including by addressing communication skills, daily living skills, social engagement, and behavior management. 

The measure would also establish a Caregiver Skills Training National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center to assist in the implementation of the caregiver skills training programs at the various sites, evaluate the effectiveness of such programs in improving the lives of children with autism and their family caregivers, and establish best practices. 

“We are grateful to Reps. Grace Meng, Mike Doyle and Brian Fitzpatrick for introducing the Autism Family Caregivers Act of 2022 which recognizes the disparities in access to services in communities across the country for children with autism and other developmental disabilities and delays,” said Dr. Andy Shih, Interim Chief Science Officer at Autism Speaks. “By providing caregivers with access to evidence-based resources, the Autism Family Caregivers Act will bring programs to underserved communities and help to create better outcomes for children with autism and other developmental disabilities while also making improvements in the wellbeing of caregivers.” 

“The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center was one of the first sites in the country to pilot the Caregiver Skills Training (CST) program to caregivers of children with autism and other developmental disabilities,” said Kaushal Challa, CEO of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Flushing, Queens. “Results from the pilot study of New York City-based Chinese-speaking caregivers show that those who completed the program significantly increased their confidence and sense of empowerment in supporting their children with delays, and also reported improvements in their child’s behavior. We applaud Rep. Grace Meng’s Autism Family Caregivers Act of 2022 which will give caregivers the critical tools they need to significantly support their children’s social and emotional development.”

Organizations that have endorsed the bill include: Autism Speaks, Family Voices, National Council on Severe Autism, Autism Society of America, the Arc, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, American Academy of Pediatrics and National Down Syndrome Society.


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Note/Warning:

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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