Southern New England Walk Now for Autism Raises over $280,000
The 2007 Southern New England Walk event took place Sun., Sept 16 at Roger Williams Park near Providence, RI. 122 walk teams turned out, double the number from last year.
The 100% increase in walk teams is partly due to the hard work of the Southern New England staff and volunteers, but is also due to awareness raised by local radio station WCTK. WCTK Cat Country, southern New England’s country music station, joined with Autism Speaks in an unprecedented awareness and fundraising campaign.
WCTK promoted the walk daily for four weeks, culminating in a 12 hour radiothon two days before the walk. Cat Country DJs adopted local families affected by autism and formed walk teams for listeners to join and sponsor. Over those four weeks the families became full fledged Cat Country personalities – appearing at live broadcasts and being featured in on-air vignettes. The night before the event, a concert was held featuring new Nashville artist Luke Bryan, with all proceeds benefiting the walk.
Walk day was a festival of color, music and activities. Geoffrey from Toys “R” Us, Paws the Pawtucket Red Sox mascot and Star Wars characters from the 501 New England Garrison joinedthe over 2500 walkers who were attired in a rainbow of team colors. Tony the Dancing Cop helped direct the walkers along the walk route with his unique and fun style of fast foot work and hand signals. The total raised to date is $287,419.42 with WCTK accounting for $116,836.27 of that number. As family teams continue to accumulate walker dollars, these numbers will continue to grow significantly.
Plenty of great food, beverages, fun arts & crafts, community resources and just family fun marked a wonderful day for Autism Speaks, New England Chapter.
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.