Autism Speaks Applauds Chicago Police Department for Incorporating Autism Awareness into Training
New Training Video will Help Officers Gain Insight into Behaviors
Associated with Autism
NEW YORK, NY (May 20, 2007) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism advocacy organization, today applauded the Chicago Police Department for creating a new training video designed to help officers gain a better understanding of the behaviors associated with autism and respond appropriately when they encounter a person with autism.
Autism Speaks served as a consultant to the Department in the production of the video, which is viewable on the Autism Speaks website ( www.autismspeaks.org ) and will be made available by the Chicago P.D. to police departments in surrounding communities through a shared training website.
Officials from the Chicago P.D. were on hand at today’s Chicago Walk Now for Autism event at Soldier Field, where Autism Speaks Executive Vice President Peter Bell thanked them for undertaking this initiative.
“We commend the Chicago Police Department for partnering with us in this important effort to address the needs of the autism community,” said Bell.
“Thanks to the Department’s enthusiasm for this project, Chicago police officers will now be far better informed and prepared for any potential interactions with individuals with autism. This initiative is demonstrative of the Department’s true commitment to protecting all Chicagoans.”
In addition to the training video, designed to be shown at roll call, the newly-created Chicago P.D. Autism Awareness module includes a companion training bulletin. All 13,000 police officers in the City of Chicago will see the video and study the bulletin. Enhanced training has also been given to the Department’s nationally recognized Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) Unit, which will act as an additional resource for patrol officers in their interactions with individuals with autism.
The project was developed over the last year after Autism Speaks approached the Chicago P.D. to examine the issues surrounding interactions between law enforcement professionals and people with autism, which have the potential to pose unique challenges to an officer who relies on standard training.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation’s three leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
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.