2nd Annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Softball Game
Autism Speaks held its 2nd Annual Celebrity Charity Softball Game on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007 at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, raising more than $5,000 in the process. Fans gathered at the stadium, the home of the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team, as a team from New York TV station CW11 took on team NBC.
Team CW 11 defended their title and beat Team NBC 2-0. Among the players on hand to raise money and awareness were 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer and Lonny Ross; former Saturday Night Live cast member Horatio Sanz; The Real World and WWE Smackdown Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin; actress and VH1 Top 20 Countdown host Alison Becker; Access Hollywood’s Tim Vincent; CW11 Morning News reporter Lolita Lopez; Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider; Steel Heart’s Mili Matijevic; and 8 year NFL veteran and former NY Giants cornerback Jeremy Lincoln.
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.