Vanessa Crooke: I really hope you aren’t subjecting your children to the abuse of ABA that is pushed by AS.
Letto Abraxas: “I Am Autism” had the impact YOU hoped for?
Wow. Just. Wow.
Your opinion, your apology.
Do not expect we #ActuallyAutistic are OK with it only because you are also Autistic, though.
Halidora Johanna Hafsteinsdottir Âû: Please make sure you fall off your high horse. From our perspective we can only see your butt and it’s not a pretty sight.
Cynthia H: Halidora Johanna Hafsteinsdottir Âû: It must be a really strong horse to carry an ego as big as his. 😐
Nick Seigler: Wow read that whole thing and it clearly is not an apology more of a defense why he was right. I’m sorry but he still doesn’t get it.
Marie Daniels: This is really a pathetic “apology”.
Try advocating for a robust social services system, including healthcare and education, that relives a great deal of the burden parents must feel. But there’s no ‘cure’. And there’s nothing wrong with us.
Delphine Drory: I would like to thank all the advocates and allies on this thread who articulated and verbalized what I am thinking, but am unable to verbalize myself.
My autism is neither severe nor mild … its just autism. I am what is considered “gifted” and did better than my peers in school without studying … ever, and yet: I cannot fully verbalize my feelings.
I spoke earlier than everyone else and made complete sentence when other babies were jsut starting with words, and yet: I barely spoke as a child, I barely spoke as a teenager, I barely spoke as an adult.
Now at 38 years old, I only speak to my children, and speaking to anyone else is a memorable event in any given week.
Oh yes, I’m totally unable to function independently and yet : I functioned enough to get three daughters, and to birth home alone (planned) without midwife!
Independence is overrated, n most parts of the world humans live perfectly happy in interdependence.
My children smear … playdoh on walls and ceilings, then we laugh and take pics. And the youngest is 9 …
A 100% autistic household is a house of happy freaks.
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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.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.