Volunteer Defies Heat; Raises $100,000 in Marathon Run!
Brian Callaci, Chicago-area resident and Autism Speaks supporter, thought he might raise about $15,000 when he asked friends, family members, and business colleagues to make a donation to Autism Speaks in honor of his running in the Chicago Marathon on October 7th. As an investment banker, Brian typically has a pretty good financial sense, but he considerably underestimated his potential to raise money. Instead of $15,000, he has raised a total of $100,000.
Over two hundred-fifty individuals contributed. Brian and his wife, Carol, are the parents of three children, one of whom, Jack (age 7), is on the spectrum. As part of this effort, the Callaci family has made a major financial commitment to Autism Speaks – even Michael (age 11) and Katie (age 10) pledged money to their father’s effort!
On what proved to be a record day of heat and humidity for Chicago, Brian completed his first-ever 26.2 mile marathon. Hundreds required medical attention and roughly one-fourth of the field of 45,000 registered runners were halted while still on the course as race officials cancelled the event midway through. 10,000 runners did not even attend because of the heat.
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.