Archived | Autism Speaks: New Community Grants Announced | Circa January 20, 2012 #NotAnAutisticAlly


Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since 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.


Note: Links are original and probably don’t work anymore.

e-Speaks January 20, 2012 

A hiker from 2008 Community Grant Recipient Splore’s Rock On! program

$1.1 Million in Family Services Community Grants Awarded

Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce the 2011 Family Services Community Grants Recipients. Over $1.1 million was awarded to 27 organizations in the United States and 26 in Canada to fund programs for individuals with autism in the areas of Education, Recreation and Community Activities, and Young Adult and Adult Services.

Visit the Family Services Community Grants page to learn more about this year’s grant recipients in the United States and Canada.

 In Their Own Words: A Moment in the SunIn this “In Their Own Words,” J. Lorraine Martin describes her ‘Moment in the Sun.’ 

2012 Geier Grant in Environmental Research

Autism Speaks has awarded its first Philip and Faith Geier Autism Research Grant in Environmental Sciences to epidemiologist M. Daniele Fallin, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for her outstanding project on gene-environment interactions.

White House to Appoint Peter Bell to Disabilities Panel

The White House has announced that it intends to appoint Peter Bellexecutive vice president for programs and services at Autism Speaks, to President Obama’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. 

Housing and Residential Supports Portal Launched

Visit the Autism Speaks Housing and Residential Supports Portal, which contains several sections that will provide you with the information you need, help you search for housing options, and keep you informed of promising developments, resources, and news in housing and residential supports.

Sevenly Partners with Autism Speaks

Our partnership with Sevenly is going strong! We set a record for the most money raised on the first day of the campaign! Don’t worry – you still have until the 23rd to get your shirt to help support our Autism Cares initiative. 

This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

Check out this week’s top posts and subscribe to the Autism Speaks Blog to receive an e-mail containing the day’s stories

Weekly Whirl – Tattoo Time! 

Infectious Behavior: The Brain-Immune Connection

Kerry Magro Covers ‘Joyful Noise’ Premiere

A Word from Family Services: Autism and Driving

All Children Deserve Access to Communication

Science DSM-5 and the Changing Definition of Autism

Geri Dawson on the critical issues ahead

Research Grants Open for Application

Requests for grant applications in the areas of Treatment and Basic & Clinical research

International Conference on Autism in Ireland

Simon Wallace reports from Galway

What Causes My Attention-Seeking Behaviors?

A young woman with autism seeks guidance on our “Got Questions?” blog 

Advocacy

 Michigan Governor Urges Reform

Autism insurance coverage at stake

Utah Bill Introduced

Autismn insurance reform proposed

Jan. 31 Hearing for Military Families

Congress to learn about inequitiesVirginia Moves to Protect ABA Amendments move through House 

Family Services Dental Tool KitTips for parents and dental professionals

Health and Wellness

A guide to healthy living for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families

Autism in the Workplace

Highlighting individuals with autism and their employers 

Get Involved Fundraising Your Way

Become an independent fundraiser for Autism Speaks

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Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since 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.




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State-By-State Legislation To Force Insurance Companies To Cover ABA

Alabama
Alaska: HB 187
Arizona
Arkansas SB 913 HB 1315
California S 819 HR 2413
Colorado SB 09-244 SB 244
Connecticut CB 301
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana

Maine LD 1198
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico SB 39
New York: S. 2366, A. 6001
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio HB 1
Oklahoma

Oregon HB 3000
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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