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President Obama Signs Combating Autism Reauthorization Act


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 most likely don’t work anymore.

E-SpeaksSeptember 30, 2011 

The White House

President Obama Signs CARA

Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright, along with Board Member Billy Mann, joined President Obama at a White House ceremony renewing the landmark Combating Autism Act for another three years.

 In Their Own Words: Hope Found in the LightIn this ‘In Their Own Words,’ Tara Washburn tells us that there is hope found in the light.  

Fourth Annual World Focus on Autism

For the fourth year in a row Autism Speaks brought together first spouses and esteemed dignitaries, including ministers of health, from more than 30 countries around the globe for the Fourth Annual World Focus on Autism.

$12 Million to Support Research and Treatment of Autism-Related Health Issues

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) has won another round of federal funding — $12 million — to continue serving as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P).

The AIR-P supports clinical research, development of best-practice guidelines, tool kits for families and physicians, and clinician training activities.

The Importance of Health and WellnessLiving a healthy lifestyle is so important for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

The Autism Speaks Health and Wellness sitewill provide families with information and resources pertaining to physical fitness, nutrition and sleep. We hope this page will help you and your family to achieve healthy and happy lives!

Fall Walks in Full Swing

The Fall Walk season is certainly in full swing with thousands attending events in JacksonvilleMemphisEdmontonOklahomaPuget SoundTerre HauteSouthern New EnglandGreater AustinKansas CityMinnesotaPhiladelphiaRochesterWestern New England, and British Columbia. Visit walknowforautismspeaks.org to join a Walk near you!

And don’t forget that the Walks will continue to host fundraising and awareness events through the end of the year.

Scentsy Raises Funds and Awareness for Autism Speaks

Heidi and Orville Thompson, co-owners of Scentsy, a rapidly growing party plan company offering a variety of home fragrance products, visited the Autism Speaks office in New York City to present a check from sales of its Autism Speaks themed ‘Piece by Piece’ Charitable Cause Warmer for an amazing $533,880.

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

Our New Medication Decision Aid in Action …

A Surplus of Males

A Parent’s Worry Explored in NBC’s ‘Parenthood’

5 Things Every Parent in the Autism Community Can Learn from a Military Mom

Autism Speaks U Spotlight: UC Berkeley Chapter PresidentComing Soon

October 1  Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks(Little Rock, Ark.)

October 1 New Jersey Shore Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Long Branch, N.J.) 

October 1 Richmond Walk Now for Autism Speaks(Richmond, Va.) 

October 2 Central New York Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Liverpool, N.Y.) 

October 2 Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks (East Boston, Mass.) 

October 2 Long Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Wantagh, N.Y.) 

October 2 Wilson Bridge Half Marathon (National Harbor, N.Y.) 

October 8 Carolinas Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Charlotte, N.C.) 

October 8 Utah Walk Now for Autism Speaks(Sandy, Utah)

October 9 Central New Jersey Walk Now for Autism Speaks (West Windsor, N.J.)

October 9 Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks(Columbus, Ohio)

October 9 Nebraska Walk Now for Autism Speaks(Lincoln, Neb.)

October 9 Poconos Walk Now for Autism Speaks(Long Pond, Penn.)

October 9 Sacramento Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Sacramento, Calif.)

October 9 Team Up With Autism Speaks Chicago Marathon (Chicago, Ill.)

Science New Insight into Autism and Intestinal Problems

Scientists report that the GI activity of children with autism differs from that of other children in two key ways

ADHD Symptoms

Symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children with autism are common, problematic and likely undertreated

Has anyone studied how to help toilet-train children with ASD?

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from two clinicians in our Autism Treatment Network 

Advocacy 

LA Times Endorses SB.946

Paper urges Calif. Gov. Brown to sign autism insurance reform bill

California! Enact SB.946

Urge Gov. Brown to sign autism insurance

Autism Law Summit

Time running out to reserve your space!

W. Va. Flap Over ABA

State Board overturns controversial rule 



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.





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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