CLINTON’S AUTISM PLAN
Sunday, November 25, 2007 9:25 AM by Domenico Montanar
From NBC/NJ’s Athena Jones
SIOUX CITY, IA — Hillary Clinton used the first stop on a two-day, post-Thanksgiving swing through Iowa on Saturday to lay out a $700 million a year plan to help people affected by autism. The money would be spent for research and provide support for families and teachers dealing with the disorder, as well as for autistic children and adults.
The senator said autism diagnoses had risen dramatically in the last 15 years to some 25,000 each year, affecting 1.5 million Americans and their families and costing the country at least $35 billion a annually. She talked about spending time with a child with autism while living in Little Rock and her work on behalf of children with disabilities over the years.
Clinton said not enough was known about what she called one of the most urgent and least understood challenges facing the nation and not enough services were available to deal with it.
“I think it’s time we had a government and a president who recognized the seriousness of autism and addressed it head on,” Clinton told the crowd at a local Boy’s Club. She said she was at the club because of the work the organization does to provide services for children with autism.
Clinton’s plan would double investments in the National Institutes of Health’s efforts to identify the causes of the disorder, including possible environmental causes. Fully funding the “Combating Autism Act,” a Clinton co-sponsored bill that became law in 2006, would cost $200 million a year and would be covered by the senator’s initiative to increase the NIH budget by doubling it over 10 years. The other $500 million would come from savings from improving government efficiency, said spokesman Jay Carson.
“The federal government wastes billions of dollars each year in making improper payments based on procurement and contractual arrangements between agencies and service providers,” Carson said.
“Implementing the GAO’s recommendations for streamlining the payment process could reduce improper payments by at least $3 billion per year. Hillary will allocate a portion of this savings to fund her autism services program.”
One audience member, her head shaved and painted red, white and blue with “Hillary” written along the side, thanked the senator for talking about the disorder. The woman said she had lost her hair due to cancer and that she was an adoptive parent of two autistic children.
During the question-and-answer session, a man asked Clinton whether her administration would be willing to tackle the issue of providing universal health care for all Americans, regardless of their immigration status.
“We have to have a safety net, but I have not included people who are undocumented in my health care plan,” Clinton said.
“I don’t think we can do that until we deal with comprehensive immigration reform. Just on a matter of humanity and morality, we want to be able to take care of people on an emergency basis, so there are certain services that we should provide through a safety net system.”
The senator was late to the event due to travel delays, according to campaign co-chair and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack. He spoke to the crowd for about 10 minutes about the responsibility Iowans have in choosing the nominee. He also said Iowa voters had an opportunity to make history on Jan. 3 and stressed that Clinton had been battle-tested when it came to withstanding Republican attacks.
The former governor asked the men in the audience to think about a young girl or woman in their lives as the senator spoke.
“Think about being able to go to her on the day after the election and being able to say to her that for the first time in American history, every opportunity, every opportunity, not just the union president or the college president or the doctor or the lawyer or the teacher or the nurse — every opportunity is now available to both men and women in this country. It is what America is about,” Vilsack said, calling this election an “enormous chance.”
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.