Archived | Autism Society of America: Sensory Friendly Films Expand to New Theatres | Circa May 21, 2009 #NotAnAutisticAlly



Note/Warning:

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 workIn 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.


Note: Links are original and most likely don’t work

Sensory Friendly Films Expand to New Theatres

Don’t miss the next AMC-Autism Society Sensory Friendly Film, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, this Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. local time.

This month we have expanded to six new theatres: the Georgetown 14 and the MJ Capital Center 12 in Washington, D.C.; the Danbury 16 in Danbury, Conn.; the Elmwood Palace 20 in New Orleans; the Plainville 20 in Hartford, Conn.; and the Vestal Towne Square 9 in Binghamton, N.Y.

Learn more about the program and find a theatre near you at www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms.

Autism Society Expands Partnership with Education.com

The Autism Society has been contributing content to Education.com, a leading web destination for parents of school-aged children, for the past couple of years. This year, however, in addition to contributing new and updated articles and information to the site, the Autism Society is also serving as Guest Editor of an upcoming Education.com Special Edition on Asperger’s Syndrome. The Asperger’s Special Edition will give readers access to the latest information on Asperger’s Syndrome along with original articles from world experts and educators in the field. Read more …

Autism Society Leaders Honored by GRASP

The Autism Society congratulates two of its leaders on their honors at the 2009 Global and Regional Asperger’s Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) Awards on May 16. Dr. Brenda Smith-Myles, Autism Society Chief Program Officer, was awarded the 2009 Divine Neurotypical Award, and Dr. Stephen Shore, an Autism Society board of directors member, was awarded the 2009 Distinguished Spectrumite Medal. Learn more about the GRASP awards at http://www.grasp.org/

ADVOCACY

Report Details Abuses, Restraints in Schools

This week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on “Examining the Abusive and Deadly Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools.” The Autism Society applauds the GAO and Representative George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, who called for the report, for this unflinching look at the human rights violations in our nation’s schools—the first Congressional investigation to do so. Read more …

Comprehensive Autism Legislation Introduced in U.S. House

On May 14, the  co-chairs of the Coalition on Autism Research and Education, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), along with Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), introduced the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act of 2009 (ATAA). The Autism Society applauds this comprehensive autism legislation focused around enhancing the quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Read more …

Social Security Board of Trustees Give Annual Report to Congress

The Social Security Board of Trustees has released its annual report on the financial health of the Social Security Trust Funds. The Trustees project that program costs will exceed tax revenues in 2016, one year sooner than projected in last year’s report. The combined assets of the Old-Age and Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds will be exhausted in 2037, four years sooner than projected last year. The worsening of the long-range outlook for the Social Security program is due primarily to the recent economic downturn and faster reductions in mortality than previously assumed. Read more …

Congressional Briefing to be Held on the ABLE Act

A Congressional briefing will take place on Tuesday, July 2, 12-1:30 p.m. focusing on the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2009 (ABLE), which would provide tax-advantaged savings instruments to families that have a child with a disability. Read more …

RESEARCH

Researchers Discover Mechanism for Social Development Absent in Children with Autism

A new study suggests that two-year-olds with autism lack an important building block of social interaction that prompts newborn babies to pay attention to other people. Instead, these children pay attention to physical relationships between movement and sound, and miss critical social information, researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have reported. Read more …

Study Suggests Melatonin a Treatment for Sleep Problems in Children with Autism

A study in the April 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicinedetermined that over-the-counter melatonin medication can shorten the length of time it takes for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) or both to fall asleep at the beginning of the night. Read more …

Online Survey Seeks Parent Responses

Researchers at the University of Memphis are asking for parent responses to an online survey as part of a study to better understand parents’ needs directly related to raising a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Read more …

EDUCATION

UK University Autism Center Provides Free Resources for Educators

The Autism Centre for Education and Research at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, has written, in collaboration with the Department for Children Schools and Families, a pair of important and free resources for educators. Read more …

University of New Hampshire Offers Methods, Models & Tools Course

Methods, Models & Tools is an intensive 5-day course, presented by the UNH Institute on Disability and the Browne Center, designed to help develop the competencies needed to facilitate consumer- and family-directed career, education and life planning. Read more …

CONFERENCES

Register Today for the Autism Society National Conference and Expo in July—Continuing Education Credits Available!

This year’s conference will be held in St. Charles, Illinois, at the Pheasant Run Resort July 22-25. The full conference program with breakout sessions and presenter information is now online at www.autism-society.org/conference.  

For 2009 we are offering CEUs for BCBA and ASHA as well as educators. We are also hosting a Science Symposium on Thursday and a full-day CME track on Saturday, July 25.ASA has negotiated discounts with United and Continental Airlines for all conference participants. Visit our Hotel and Travel site for more information.

This year’s conference and expo promises to be your best marketing vehicle of the year: 2,000+ attendees will have more time to spend at the expo, and there will be on-floor programs to drive traffic. Booth space and sponsorship opportunities are still available. E-mail Meg today at Ellacott@autism-society.org or call 302-260-9487 for more information regarding the expo.  

Respite care information and registration are also online. We are thrilled to be able to offer a theatre workshop as a respite care option. This workshop will be run by the Applied Theatre Research and Autism Network (ARTRAN) and is open to all children ages 7 and up. It will be fully staffed by our respite care providers and ARTRAN staff. You can access all information about the conference and registration on our Web site: www.autism-society.org/conference.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at conference@autism-society.org.


Autism One Conference

The Autism One conference is taking place this week, May 20-May 24, in Chicago. The conference aims to educate parents and professionals about the most up-to-date aspects of autism. Workshops, roundtables, classes, an arts festival and special events will provide a powerful experience and education in autism. Leading experts from around the U.S. will gather to present their findings, several of whom are Autism Society advisors, including Stephen Edelson, Doreen Granpeesheh, Martha Herbert, Valerie Paradiz and Stephen Shore. Learn more about the conference at http://autismone.org/


Warning: This is quackery. “Natural” and other products and pseudoscience practices promoted for ‘healing, recovery, cure’ have harmed and even killed Autistics worldwide.

Now these extremist fringe groups have expanded to gaslight the public on COVID-19 ‘cures, healing, recovery” and many other arenas.

The Autistic Community is very familiar with quack cults like this … we’ve been battling the same group who has had many identifying names like: Mercury Mob/Mafia, Antivaxxers, BleachCult, and many more. These folks and organizations also battle Autistics over our civil and human rights. The names change, but the people, for the most part, remain the same.

Fact: Autistics are not vaccine-injured and Vaccines do not cause autism.

PSA: Don’t Drink Bleach.


First International Applied Behavior Analysis Congress in Portugal

The ABC REAL Centre in Portugal, founded in September 2008 by Professor Joseph Morrow, Ph.D., BCBA, President of Applied Behaviour Consultants, presents the First International ABA Congress in Portugal June 18-19, 2009. The Congress brings together many practitioners of the science of ABAfrom the United States and Europe who will speak about the history, philosophy, current status and the various applications of ABA. Read more …

Autism Summer Institute

The University of San Diego presents the Summer Autism Institute, “Together We Can Do It!: Building Personalized Supports and Instruction Through Relationships and Collaboration” June 24-26 in San Diego. Read more …

RESOURCES

AAPC Sensory Gang Summer Reading Program

Kids look forward to summer vacation all year—it’s a break from the daily grind of the school year. But just because we take a break from the classroom, doesn’t mean taking a break from learning. It’s important for students—especially those with autism—to continue to keep their minds active over the summer. A great way to do this is with a good book and some fun activities to go with it. The Autism Asperger Publishing Company will host its Sensory Gang Summer Reading Program June-August 2009 for early elementary, elementary, and middle and high school students. Read more …

Quality in Practice Tools

The Council on Quality and Leadership, a group that works with public and private organizations with a commitment to improving the quality of services and supports to people with disabilities and mental illness, has developed several Quality in Practice (QIP) tools. Read more …

First Assisted Communication Application for iPhone/iPod Touch 

Xcellent Creations, Inc. and special education teacher Ian Walden have developed iConverse, an iPhone/iPod touch application that allows children or adults with special needs to use push-button images to convey their basic needs to those around them. Read more …

Book Discusses Social Alienation in Individuals with ASD

Digby Tantam’s new book, Can the World Afford Autistic Spectrum Disorders? Nonverbal Communication, Asperger Syndrome and the Interbrain explores current theories on nonverbal communication and presents evidence that deficits in nonverbal communication are at the root of social difficulties in persons on the autism spectrum. Read more …

“Let’s Cook! Life Skills for Kids on the Autism Spectrum”

MyWire.com, a consumer Web site that syndicates high-quality, professionally created content from hundreds of publishers, is hosting a new, multimedia publication created for parents and educators of children with autism. 

Let’s Cook! Life Skills for Kids on the Autism Spectrumcombines video, slides and downloadable visual aids in an entertaining and informative digital format that demonstrates how to help kids with autism learn an important life skill—cooking. Read more … 

Hygiene Curriculum for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

 Kelly Mahler has taken her belief in the importance of personal hygiene skills and transformed it into an innovative curriculum that teaches social understanding as part of a focus on hygiene and related issues: Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders—A Fun Curriculum with a Focus on Social Understanding.

Autism Society of America
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301.657.0881 or 1.800.3AUTISM



Note/Warning:

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 workIn 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.


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