Archived | Autism Speaks: Family Services Requests Community Grant Proposals | Circa February 17, 2012 #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 anymore.

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February 17, 2012 

A Facebook milestone

What 1 Million Means

Last week, Autism Speaks reached a milestone, with 1 million Facebook fans. It got us to thinking… what does 1 million fans mean? Those 1 million fans are people who care about autism; people who are looking to share their stories and connect with others; they are people who want to make a difference.

If you’re a fan, thank you. And if you’d like to be one, join us today.

 In Their Own Words: Our Path to DiagnosisJennifer shares her family’s path to an autism diagnosis in this ‘In Their Own Words.’ 

If Breakthroughs Take Time, How Can Research Help Families Today?

letter to our community from Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, Ph.D. 

Family Services Community Grants Applications Open

The 2012 Family Services Community Grants application is now open! We will be accepting Letters of Intent online through March 19, and holding informational webinars on February 24 and March 9. To learn more and to apply, please click here

Autism, Disabilities Communities Urge Congress to Allow Tax-free Savings

Autism Speaks and officials from other leading disabilities organizations urged Congress to pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act that would allow families to save tax-free for the future needs of their loved ones with disabilities.

This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

Check out this week’s top posts and subscribe to the Autism Speaks Blog to receive an e-mail containing the day’s stories

The Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece Appeared on ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy!’

Why Autism Became My Career … A Love Story 

I’m Joey and I Met President Obama!

Boston University’s Hockey Teams Raise Autism Awareness

A Note from AutismCares Recipients in GeorgiaComing Soon

February 23

 Pittsburgh Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off and VIP Events (Pittsburgh, Penn.)

February 26

 Evening with the Stars (Chicago, Ill.)

Science Researchers See Autism Brain Differences at 6 Months

Promising lead for earlier diagnosis/therapy to change outcomes

My Child Won’t Sleep!

Help from our ATN sleep experts in the “Got Questions?” blog

Upcoming Webchat & Tool Kit on Sleep Strategies

Join us next Tuesday, 1 p.m. ETTummy TroublesStudying the link between autism and GI disorders 

Advocacy 

Virginia Enacts Law Protecting ABA

Bill corrects flaw in 2011 autism insurance reform law

MSNBC Examines Plight of Military Families

Andrea Mitchell reports on TRICARE

Hawaii Bill Moves in Senate

Autism insurance reform clears two committees

Iowa Bill Would Expand Coverage

Current insurance reform law is restricted to state employees

Alabama Bill Endorsed

Autism insurance reform introduced 

Family Services Resource Guide

Find local resourcesFamily Support Tool Kits

Advice and support for parents, siblings, grandparents and friends

Baker Summer Camp Grants

Helping camps give scholarships to disadvantaged youths on the spectrum 

Get Involved Team Up! with Autism Speaks Compete in endurance events and raise funds for Autism SpeaksFollow Us on TwitterSee the latest news everyday of the weekPlanned GivingLearn more about bequests and planned gift



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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