Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since 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.
At work at Roses for Autism, an Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grant recipient Autism in the Workplace
Autism Speaks Family Services is pleased to highlight individuals with autism who are working as well as testimonials from their employers in Autism in the Workplace. We hope this page serves as a source of inspiration and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, as well as for prospective employers.
Plus, read a blog post about providing meaningful work.
In Their Own Words: Camping, uh… sorta
In this ‘In Their Own Words,’ Katie shares the story of a recent camping trip with her sister, who has autism.
Autism Treatment Network Welcomes Families as Advisors
The Autism Treatment Network is seeking to enhance its care and services by inviting families to participate as advisors. The first meeting of the Family Advisory Committee was held in Washington DC and resulted in a number of recommended items for action. Read the story to learn more.
New York Closes in on Insurance Reform
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature have reached agreement on one of the most comprehensive autism insurance reform bills in the nation. Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright calls the bill a “lifesaver” not only for New Yorkers, but for families across the nation who work for New York-based companies covered under the legislation.
Spring Walks Continue in Style
There are a handful of Walks this summer and then fall Walks begin in September. Visit walknowforautismspeaks.org to join a Walk near you!
Stars Turn Out for 13th Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge
Autism Speaks teamed up with television personalities, sports stars, and other local supporters for the Thirteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge.
The day-long golf outing at the world- renowned Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. raised over $1 million for autism research, advocacy and family services.
This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog
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June 26 Toronto Walk Now for Autism Speaks(Toronto, Ontario)
An update on a clinical trial by Seaside Therapeutics
In support of screening of all infants for autism spectrum disorders
Advocacy Caring for Military Kids
New bill in Congress simplifies ABA coverage
A Seattle grandmother on the Early Start Denver Model
Legislature finalizing action on reform bill
Check out a transcript of our Facebook chat with Rodney Peete
A transcript of a recent chat about the 100 Day Kit
Transition Tool Kit A guide to the journey to adulthood Awareness
Site features new tools to access, share and act on information
Thank You Pink and Carey Hart! The singer and her husband welcome their daughter and support Autism Speaks
State-By-State Legislation To Force Insurance Companies To Cover ABA
Oregon HB 3000