Fifth Annual Chicago ING DIRECT Ride Now Raises Over $120,000
On Sunday, September 16, over 1,800 motorcycle riders turned out for the Fifth Annual Chicago ING DIRECT Ride Now and participated in the most successful Ride Now event to date. The riders met at Wildfire Harley. It was a celebration of motorcycles, chrome, and music which raised more than $120,000 and still counting.
Among those in attendance was Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of the four founders of Harley-Davidson and the first president of the company. Jean is a grandmother of a child with autism.
Special thanks to Ride Chairs Diane Gedik, Leo Tavolacci, Jen Stary and Laura Quinley.
You can still purchase your entry in the Autism Speaks Custom Bike Sweepstakes in support of the ING DIRECT Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks Ride Now 2007. The winner will receive a custom-painted and upgraded 2008 Harley Davidson Softail FLSTN Black motorcycle. Visit the sweepstakes site or contact Leslie McCammon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 549-0500 for more information.
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.