Casey Announces $143,000 Going to Friendship House of Lackawanna County To Create Autism Center | April 16, 2009

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Casey Announces $143,000 Going to Friendship House of Lackawanna County To Create Autism Center

Thursday, April 16, 2009

CRANTON, PA- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced $143,000 going to the Friendship House of Lackawanna County for the creation of an advanced Regional Center for Autism and Spectrum Disorders.  

“Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families have long struggled to get the services and treatment they need to lead rich and productive lives,” said Casey.  “This center will help children get the services and treatment they need for the most positive life outcomes, for young adults and adults to have the support they need for satisfying and independent lives and for families to have the peace of mind to provide and afford the proven treatments that will allow their children and loved ones to reach their fullest potential.” 

“Senator Casey has long been a friend to Friendship House and more importantly to children and families” said Robert H. Angeloni, Friendship House president. “He continues to keep children’s needs at the forefront, as did his father, Governor Robert P. Casey. The whole autism community applauds him for his sensitivity in championing this cause, and introducing legislation to address the needs of families affected by autism spectrum disorders.”

Federal funds will be used to create a technically and therapeutically advanced Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The center will provide resources and support for families with children with autism.  The new center will include a community resource center, training wing, pre-vocational opportunities for older children and after-school programs for young people with autism.

Friendship House has offered autism services since 2003, beginning with early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) for toddlers from 18 months-old. Today, the Autism Center provides state of the art, comprehensive therapy, for pre-school children to young adults, with services offered in the home, school and community setting.

Senator Casey recently introduced legislation that would create a comprehensive strategy to address the needs of families affected by autism spectrum disorder.  The Autism Treatment Acceleration Act authorizes federal funding for a wide range of service, treatment, support and research initiatives and requires health insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism.


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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