Autism Speaks Statement of Support
Autism Speaks, the world’s leading foundation dedicated to autism research, urges all Members of Congress to vote to override President Bush’s veto of H.R. 3043, the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.
Last December, Congress passed unanimously, and President Bush signed into law, the Combating Autism Act (“CAA”), which specifically authorized dramatic – and very necessary – increases in autism funding at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. The CAA marked an historic first step in recognizing the public health crisis posed by autism, which now strikes one in 150 of our nation’s children.
The time has now come to translate the promise of the CAA into real funding. Congress has thus far lived up to its commitment by passing H.R. 3043, which includes historic increases in funding for federal autism programs. These appropriations are specifically authorized under the CAA.
As significant as the enactment of the CAA was, its true promise will not be recognized without funding its authorization levels. Otherwise, particularly if the government is forced into simply passing a continuing resolution, the critical need for increased funding of autism research will be lost for another year. Our nation’s children can’t afford another year with completely underfunded efforts to better track the scope of autism, expand research into the mechanisms and causes and potential treatment of autism, and improved services for our autistic children.
On November 13, the President vetoed H.R. 3043, the Fiscal 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill. That bill includes historic increases in funding for autism research, surveillance, treatment and intervention, as originally promised by the Combating Autism Act, but not yet funded as part of the federal budget.
Specifically, H.R. 3043 includes:
- A total of $37 million for autism activities at the Health Resources and Services Administration, a $17 million increase over Fiscal 2007 (as authorized in the Combating Autism Act)
- $16.5 million for autism surveillance, research and awareness, a $1.5 million increase over Fiscal 2007 (as authorized in the Combating Autism Act)
- An estimated $111.35 million for NIH-funded autism research.
- $1 million directed to the NIH (through bill language) for implementation of the InterAgency Autism Coordinating Committee, which is responsible for developing a strategic plan to direct future autism research funded by the National Institutes of Health.
- Total (including NIH estimate) = $165.85 million
The House will vote to overturn the President’s veto this Thursday and we need you to contact those Members of the House of Representatives who originally voted against the Conference Report.
We need to switch the votes of 15 Representatives so we can override the President’s veto and ensure that H.R. 3043, with all its historic funding increases for autism, become law. If the House fails to override the President, we stand to lose those increases for autism surveillance, research, treatment and intervention. Click here to see if your Representative voted “NO” or did not vote.
CALL your Representative TODAYand ask them to vote “YES” to the override! Explain that historic increases in funding for autism research are at stake, and you are asking, as a constituent, for their “YES” vote!
After you call,EMAIL your Representative TODAYand ask them again to vote “YES” to override!
Make sure to call and email today! The vote is on Thursday!!
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.