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Beauty Queens Across America Turn Focus to Autism Awareness 


Recently Crowned Miss Pennsylvania 2007 and Autism Speaks Philadelphia Chapter Member Rachel Brooks to Bring Attention to Autism

When crowned as the top beauty queen for their state, young women have a unique opportunity to draw attention to a cause. For the past few years more and more beauty queens across America have been promoting autism awareness and helping bring more attention to this national epidemic. 

Rachel Brooks, recently crowned Miss Pennsylvania, is the latest winner to use her state-wide platform to bring attention to autism, a cause close to her heart. Her 18-year-old brother, Brandon, was diagnosed with autism as a child. 

Miss Pennsylvania 2007, Rachel Brooks“I see how he struggles with the disease on a daily basis,” she said. “Seeing the prevalence of it and seeing that it appears to be a growing epidemic, I knew I had to get involved.” 

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

Previously, Brooks had focused on volunteerism, but after spending time volunteering with Cure Autism Now’s Philadelphia Chapter a few years ago, she decided to change her focus and her platform to “Autism Awareness: Unlocking the Mystery”. Since then, she has been actively involved in volunteering with Cure Autism Now and now Autism Speaks.

“She was able to see the problem and the disability in a different light than when she was younger,” Brooks’ father said. “So when she decided to switch her focus, it was tremendous.” 

Pageant winners like Brooks, who have chosen autism awareness as their platform, have had to become well-versed on current events and issues relating to autism for pageant interviews. This knowledge has made them wonderful spokeswomen once they have won the crown. 

Others in the past few years who have helped increase autism awareness through holding a pageant title are: 

  • Miss New Jersey 2004 – Erica Lynne Scanlon
  • Miss Oregon 2006 – Donilee McGinnis 
  • Miss North Carolina 2006 – Elizabeth Leigh Horton
  • Miss Illinois 2006 – Heidi Ekstrom
  • Miss New Jersey USA 2007- Erin Abrahamson 

We thank these young women for their heart and dedication to bringing attention to autism. 




Note/Warning:

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.


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