Autism Speaks Responds to Senator Clinton’s Call for Full Funding of the Combating Autism Act and Enactment of the Expanding the Promise for Individuals with Autism Act
NEW YORK, NY (November 25, 2007) – Leadership of Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, issued the following statement in response to a speech delivered by Senator Hillary Clinton at a Sioux City, Iowa, Boys Club yesterday:
Recognizing the autism epidemic as a national public health priority deserving of Presidential attention, Senator Hillary Clinton endorsed and detailed a number of policy positions long supported by Autism Speaks and its predecessor organizations and long-needed by the many American families facing the challenge of autism.
Specifically, Autism Speaks supports full funding of the programs authorized by the Combating Autism Act of 2006, enactment of the Expanding the Promise for Individuals with Autism Act (currently pending in both houses of Congress) including the addition proposed today by Senator Clinton for a teacher training component, and the principle articulated again today by Senator Clinton that evidence-based behavioral and biomedical interventions for autism should be available to all Americans who need them.
Autism Speaks is committed to ensuring that medically necessary services for individuals with autism are covered by private health insurance.
As a not-for-profit charitable organization, Autism Speaks cannot and does not endorse any candidate for federal office. Rather, it is our mission to encourage an appropriate response at all levels and within all branches of the American system of government to the national public health urgency of the autism epidemic.
Read coverage of Senator Hillary Clinton’s speech from the Associated Press and MSNBC.com.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation’s three leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
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.