Cold Spring Harbor Double Helix Medals
Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne Wright and Bob Wright received the Double Helix Medal for Corporate Leadership from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CHSL) on Nov. 9, 2006, at CHSL’s annual awards ceremony. Muhammad Ali received an award for humanitarianism and Dr. Philip A. Sharp, winner of the 1993 Nobel prize in medicine, received an award for scientific research.
CSHL is a private, non-profit research and educational institution in New York state conducting groundbreaking research in cancer, neurobiology, genetics and bioinformatics.
From left, Bob Wright, Cold Spring Harbor Lab President Bruce Stillman, actor Haley Joel Osment, Suzanne Wright, and honoree Dr. Phillip A. Sharp, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1993.The Today Show’s Meredith Vieira , center, with Autism Speaks co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright
Also in attendance: Phil Donahue, Dr. James Watson, Nobel Laureate and Chancellor of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Jeff Zucker, CEO of NBC Universal TV, with Jenna Fischer of The Office and Deborah Norville.
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 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 ‘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.