Archived | The Autism Society iPad Giveaway; Our New Collaboration with HelpPRO | Circa March 8, 2012 #NotAnAutisticAlly


Note/Warning:

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.


The Autism Society iPad Giveaway

Thanks to a generous donation by The Puzzling Piece, the Autism Society is preparing to give away its first iPad to one lucky Autism Society member! For some individuals on the spectrum, the iPad has proven to have some communication and educational benefits. Read more…

Autism Awareness Shoelaces Buy One Get One Free this March!

If you are planning to participate in a walk or a run for autism this April, how about showing up with some hard-wearing, long-lasting puzzle piece shoelaces?  Shoelaces are colorfully imprinted with the colors of the autism puzzle pieces. Choose sizes for youth and adults (who are kids at heart). Your shoes will never look better! All shoelaces are buy one, get one free this March! Visit the store to order.

Walk or run with the Autism Society this April! Contact your local chapter and follow the Autism Society on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AutismSociety for how you can support autism resources in your community.  

Autism Society Announces Collaboration with HelpPRO

The Autism Society is pleased to announce its collaboration with HelpPRO Therapist Finder. The HelpPRO Therapist Finder was founded in 1995, as a tool to assist every person in America to readily find mental health services to meet their needs. Read more…

New Paperworks Studio Greeting Cards 

The Detroit News calls Paperworks Studio greeting cards ‘magical.’  And they are right! The cards display impeccable craftsmanship, made one at a time with recycled materials. The talented artists who make the cards have disabilities, including autism. Read more…

Join the Autism Society and AMC Theatres for Sensory Friendly Films!

Join AMC Theatres and the Autism Society on Saturday, March 10, for a special showing of The Lorax. We will be showing the movie at 10 a.m. local time in participating theatres nationwide. Don’t miss our newest locations! For more information or to find a theatre near you, visit www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms.

Autism Journeys: Paolo

In Autism Journeys, we ask individuals on the spectrum, professionals and family members of all kinds to share their stories of what they have learned in their journeys with autism. This week, a mother expresses pride in her son’s accomplishments. Read more…

Autism Headlines Weekly

The Autism Society brings you some of the most interesting news around the Web. This week, honoring heroes, a family moves for better services, and discussing how the proposed definition of autism will affect families. Read more…

ADVOCACY

The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the primary law governing education and generally has a major impact on education for students with disabilities. Read more…

Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that guarantees a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for every person with a disability. Read more…

Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act

The Caring for Military Kids with Autism (CARE) Act requires that children who are the dependents of members of the military can access behavioral health treatment, including ABA therapy, through TRICARE. Read more…

Keeping all Students Safe Act

The Autism Society is working closely with the office of Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee to advocate for the rights of individuals living with autism. Read more…

CONFERENCES

Registration Opens Soon for Autism Society 43rd National Conference and Exposition

We are well into planning the conference and expect to have a full program including tracks on transition to adulthood, applied research, early intervention, education, and more. Read more…

Sponsor One of the Largest and Oldest Conferences in the Country

The Autism Society National Conference and Exhibition is the only event to consistently bring together professionals, individuals on the autism spectrum, family members and advocates each year for in-depth discussions of what’s new in the field of autism and how to improve existing services and supports. Read more…

Autism Society Award Nominations are Now Open!

Each year, the Autism Society presents a number of awards to individuals and organizations in recognition of their commitment to the autism community. Read more…

RESEARCH

Don’t Look Now – I’m Trying to Think

Children with autism look away from faces when thinking, especially about challenging material, according to new research from Northumbria University. Read

more…

EDUCATION

Language and Literacy Blog: Your Source for Resources

Imagine This! is a website dedicated to helping parents and educators provide the very best in language and reading instruction for all students, including those with disabilities. Read more…

RESOURCES

Book Shares Window into “Aspergian” Mind

In his bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye, John Elder Robison wrote with honesty and dry wit about growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn’t exist. Read more…

Everyday Activities to Help Your Young Child Live Life to the Full

Does your child struggle with brushing their teeth? Is it difficult to get them dressed and undressed each day? Do they struggle to understand their body’s relationship to the world? Read more…

New Handbook on Mitochondrial Disease for Patients, Parents and Families

Living Well with Mitochondrial Disease is the essential handbook for anyone affected by this common yet under recognized metabolic disorder, which can occur at any age from infancy to adulthood. Read more…

Donate and Receive an Autism Advocate Package

The Autism Society’s membership publication, Autism Advocate, offers the latest and best information about issues that touch people living with autism each day.

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Note/Warning:

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.



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