Archived | e-Speaks: World Autism Awareness Day; Autism Treatment Acceleration Act Introduced | Circa April 3, 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.

e-Speaks || April 3, 2009

Global Events Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

The second-annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) was held on April 2 and celebrated with events worldwide. In New York City, Autism Speaks began the day by ringing the opening bellof the New York Stock Exchange.

At the United Nations, Yoko Ono unveiled PROMISE, a unique piece of art created especially for WAAD, and HE Ambassador Al Nasser of Qatar held a panel discussion and luncheon. Autism Speaks co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright were among the invitees representing 26 different countries.

In Central Park, Autism Speaks and the Ad Council hosted a unique awareness event to highlight the prevalence of autism.

Autism Speaks finished the day at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, with the premiere of “beyond.words” by the dre.dance company. President Barack Obama issued a statement celebrating the day; messages from other world leaders can be found here

On April 1, Autism Speaks Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright held a briefing with members of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Press Center in New York City, where Autism Speaks announced the new Global Autism Public Health (GAPH) Initiative partnerships in Albania and Ireland. And Lindt & Sprüngli honored their “Heroes for Autism” at the Palace Hotel. 

View media highlights from the day here.

Autism Speaks Hails the Introduction of the Landmark Autism Treatment Acceleration Act 

This year, World Autism Awareness Day was marked with the introduction of the groundbreaking Autism Treatment Acceleration Act (ATAA). Originally drafted by then-Senator Barack Obama and introduced by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Robert Casey (D-PA), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), ATAA is comprehensive federal legislation that addresses several critical challenges facing the autism community.

A key section of the bill requires insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, including coverage of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy – a medically-necessary, evidence-based autism treatment. To learn more and take action on the ATAA, visit www.autismvotes.org/ataa.

New Mexico Becomes the Ninth State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform

Autism Speaks joins New Mexico families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding the state’s legislators and Governor Bill Richardson for enacting Senate Bill 39, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. The bill was signed into law by Governor Richardson yesterday in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. Enactment of this law makes New Mexico the ninth state with comprehensive autism insurance reform. To learn more about the New Mexico law, visit www.autismvotes.org/newmexico

Two more states have introduced autism insurance reform bills – Maine (LD 1198) and Oregon (HB 3000) – bringing the total number of states with introduced bills in the 2009 session to 26. 

Tampa Bay Walk Now for Autism Attracts Nearly 3,000 Participants

Nearly 3,000 walkers raised more than $140,000 on March 28 at the 3rd annual Tampa Bay Walk Now for Autism, held at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). Read more and view photos here

Join the Grand Club! Every individual walker who raises $1,000 for a 2009 Walk Now for Autismevent automatically becomes a member of this exclusive VIP club. Members enjoy public recognition, a 2009 Grand Club pin and VIP access on Walk day. Visit your local Walk’swebpage for further details at walknowforautism.org

Discovery Health to Feature Autism Speaks Researchers and Walk Now for Autism Events in April

Tune in to the Discovery Health Channel for two specials focusing on autism. Discovery Health is Autism Speaks’ media partner for Autism Awareness Month. In addition to the television specials, elements of the partnership will include on-air mentions of Autism Speaks’ efforts on the Discovery Health Channel. Additionally, Autism Speaks’ Ad Council public service announcements will be shown on DiscoveryHealth.com and will provide visitors with an array of information on autism as well as on Autism Speaks Walk Now For Autism events in the network’s newsletters and online throughout the month of April. Read more

Collaborative Symposia to Explore the Relationship Between Autism and Mitochondrial Diseases

Autism Speaks and the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) have partnered to host a special science symposia at the annual UMDF meeting in June. This Autism Speaks sponsored session is part of our ongoing effort to collaborate with the UMDF to encourage dialogue between autism and mitochondrial disease researchers. The cost of attending the session is $50 for non-UMDF members, and attendees will be able to view research in this area and attend other science sessions throughout the day. Read more about this upcoming meeting here

Autism Speaks Teams Up with NBC’s HEROES for Star-Studded Fundraiser

Autism Speaks has teamed up with the cast from NBC’s hit show HEROES, the celebrity band “Band From TV” and “Wendy and Lisa” to increase autism awareness and help raise funds for autism research at the first ever HEROES for Autism fundraiser. This one-night only star-studded concert event will take place on Sunday, April 19 at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, Calif. Read more and buy tickets here

Spring has Sprung at the Autism Speaks Online Store! 

Outfit yourself for spring with Autism Speaks branded apparel, including embroidered golf polos for men and ladies. Other exciting items include the Autism Speaks tee and baseball hat. Shop the online store now for clothing and more. 

Why We Walk: Ten Years of Marching for Matty

In our latest “Why We Walk” essay, the father of a teenager with autism tells how he became involved with the Pittsburgh Walk Now for Autism as a team captain. He recounts the reasons that he, his family and friends have been “Marching for Matty” for ten years and encourages others to get involved in Autism Speaks Walk program. Read more

Coming Soon

April 4 


Autism SpeaksU 4th Annual We Are…Curing Autism Now 5K Race/3K Walk (State College, Penn.) 
Bay Area Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (San Jose, Calif.) 
New York City Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Bronx, N.Y.) 
West Texas Walk Now for Autism (Abilene, Texas) 

April 17 
Wheeling Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Wheeling, W.Va.) 

April 18 
Autism SpeaksU 1st Annual Fear the Turtle, Find a Cure 5K Race/3K Walk (College Park, Md.) 
Broward County Walk Now for Autism (Davie, Fla.) 
Cumberland Tri-State Walk Now for Autism (Cumberland, Md.)
Lehigh Valley Walk Now for Autism (Allentown, Penn.) 
New York City Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 
Sonoma Walk Now for Autism (Sonoma, Calif.) 

April 19 
HEROES for Autism(Los Angeles, Calif.) 
The 7th Annual Bethesda Super-Sprint Triathlon (Bethesda, Md.) 



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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