Autism Speaks: NFL Kickoff for a Cure II Raises over $2.1M
Over 800 people gathered on March 14 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City as the National Football League hosted Kickoff for a Cure II, its second annual event to benefit Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School. The event was a great success, surpassing its fundraising goals by raising over $2.1 million dollars for children with autism and other special needs.
During the evening’s cocktail hour and dinner, guests had the unique opportunity to mingle with some of their favorite NFL players, past and present, including many Hall of Famers. Among the players in attendance were Marcus Allen, Jamal Anderson, Otis Anderson, Harry Carson, Howie Long, Donovan McNabb, Antonio Pierce, Michael Strahan, Lynn Swann and Roger Wehrli.
Four individuals were presented awards for their outstanding philanthropic work. The evening’s honorees were Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford; Jimmy Lee, vice chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; William Weldon, chairman and CEO of Johnson and Johnson; and Zygi Wilf, owner and chairman of the Minnesota Vikings.
The awards were presented by event co-chairs Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner; Henry Schacht, chairman of the board of trustees, The Gillen Brewer School; and Suzanne and Bob Wright, co-founders, Autism Speaks, as well as by Autism Speaks board member Mel Karmazin, chief executive officer of SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
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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.