Autism Speaks | BILLY MANN: But you still see us as a bad thing. … | September 2019 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

Rebekah Carter: But you still see us as a bad thing. Many of us are highly intelligent & gifted. Including many non-speaking who advocate via AAC, etc. and tired of being seen as incompetent.

Some have co-curring conditions you are confusing w/autism. And we aren’t some small percentage of the “snowflake disorder” but a very large global community.

You still don’t view us as equal even though many of us are not only equal to you competency-wise but superior because of our autistic brains. You don’t talk about the green flags. And not all kids who smear poop, have sleepless nights, etcs, do that forever.

Autism is harder to diagnose in adults because many outgrow things from childhood that are often looked at. No we don’t outgrow it but many of us are proud and not a puzzle piece.

A$ promotes abusive therapies including ABA (that often STARVES kids and uses witholding of food, potty, etc. as punishments) and electrocution. The color blue represents autism being a boys’ club and is why may girls are under-diagnosed. The puzzle is offensive.

Please listen to actually autistic people. You can crumple up your poem but your attitude & view of us has yet to change … and it won’t until you get your own dx. As a former autism parent and now late dx’d autistic and mom of autistics, I encourage you to stop public speaking until you learn more. I run a very large parent support group where autistics have the floor.

Listen to autistics. Ditch A$. They don’t speak for us.

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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 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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