Archived | Autism Speaks: Mexico City Autism Conference | Circa July 5, 2007 #NotAnAutisticAlly

Autism Speaks to the World, the inaugural International Congress for Autism Research in Mexico City took place July 5 through July 7, 2007.


July 5: First Lady Margarita Zavala Opens Conference; Researchers Present Findings on Autism Prevalence, Behaviors and Causes

July 6: Second Day Presentations Focus on Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment of Autism

July 7: Conference Concludes with Presentations on Treatments, Genetics, Brain Development, Epidemiology and Screening Methods

Read Press Release.

Day One

Dr. Carlos Marcin
Clínica Mexicana de Autismo (Mexico)
From Ignorance to Scientific Understanding: The Long Road to Defeat Autism in a Developing Country

Eric Fombonne, Ph.D.
McGill University (Canada)
The Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Recent Evidence and Future Challenges 

Catherine Lord, Ph.D.
University of Michigan (USA)
Autism Spectrum Disorders from 2 to 14

Margaret Pericak Vance, Ph.D.
University of Miami (USA)
The Genetics of Autism: What’s Real, What’s Not and What’s Hot

Helen Tager, Ph.D.
Boston University (USA)
Language and Communicative Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developmental, Behavioral and Neuroimaging Investigations

Issac Pessah, Ph.D.
University of California (Davis, USA)
Environmental Modifiers of Autism Risk – The Genes Know

Ami Klin, Ph.D.
Yale University (USA)
Eye-Tracking Studies of Social Engagement in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Babyhood to Adulthood

Day Two

Dr. Humberto Nicolini
Universidad Nacional Autonoma of México (México)
A Proposal for Genetic Research in Autism in Latino America; A Search for Endophenotypes

Dr. Geraldine Dawson
University of Washington (USA)
Early Detection, Brain Plasticity, and Intervention in Autism

Peter Szatamari, Ph.D.
McMaster University (Canada)
Infant Siblings and Genetic Studies; What it all means

Joe Piven, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina (USA)
Imaging the Developing Brain in Autism

Dr. Victor Ruggieri
Hospital de Pediatría (Argentina)
Clinical and Neurological Aspects in 100 Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Prospective Study in Argentina

Sam Odom, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, USA)
Focused Interventions and Comprehensive Treatment Programs for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Day Three 

Clara M. Lajonchere, Ph.D.
Autism Speaks (USA)
Accelerating the Pace of Autism Research: Clinical Programs and Research Resources to Support International Collaborations

Eric Courchesne, Ph.D.
University of California (San Diego, USA)
Abnormal Brain Growth in Autism: New Imaging and Neuropathology Studies

Dr. Cecilia Montiel
Universidad del Zulia (Venezuela)
Autism and Clinical Characteristics: Epidemiological Findings in Venezuelan Children

Andy Shih, Ph.D.
Autism Speaks (USA)
International Collaboration in Autism Research: Mexico and Beyond


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 workIn 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.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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