Archived | e-Speaks: Nantucket Walk; Athletes Against Autism Golf in Canada; D.C. Area Ride Now and Golf Events | Circa Aug 21, 2008 #NotAnAutisticAlly



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.


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


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.


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e-Speaks || August 22, 2008

Nantucket Walk Now for Autism Raises Over $316,000

Over 900 walkers participated in the second Nantucket Walk Now for Autism, which took place at Jetties Beach in Nantucket, Mass. on Saturday, August 16. Over $316,000 was raised by walkers on 45 teams, who joined Autism Speaks co-founders and Walk Chairs Suzanne and Bob Wright. Read more and view photos and video here.

Inaugural Athletes Against Autism Golf Tournament in Canada Raises Nearly $200,000

With over 20 athletes and celebrities in attendance including Athletes Against Autism (AAA) co-founders Olie Kolzig, Byron Dafoe and Scott Mellanby, the Inaugural AAA Golf Tournament in Kelowna, British Columbia raised nearly $200,000 in support of the research, awareness, and outreach programs of Autism Speaks Canada.

Read more and view photos here.

D.C. Area Plays Host to Ride Now and Golf Events

Motorcyclists and golfers descended upon the D.C. area to raise money for Autism Speaks by participating in the 2nd Annual ING DIRECT Ride Now and D.C. Golf Classic events. More than 60 golfers raised over $128,000 on August 18 at the Lowes Island Club in Potomac Falls, Va. Read more and view photos from the D.C. Golf Classic here. More than 150 bikers revved up their engines in Northern Va., at the ING DIRECTRide Now event, raising over $11,000.
 Read more and view photos and video here.

New Locations for CTN Study Announced

Autism Speaks’ Clinical Trials Network announces new locations in Florida and New Jersey for its on-going trial, the Study of Fluoxetine in Autism (SOFIA). The study will include more than 100 children and adolescents with autistic disorder to evaluate the effectiveness of a “melt-in-the-mouth” preparation of fluoxetine, in reducing certain core symptoms of autistic disorder. Read more here.

“General Hospital: Night Shift” Will Promote Awareness Message

The SOAPnet primetime drama “General Hospital: Night Shift” is working with Autism Speaks to produce a storyline about autism. On the show, single father Jagger Cates (Antonio Sabato, Jr.) confronts the fact that his five-year-old son has autism. Together they begin a journey that will provide “General Hospital: Night Shift” viewers a sense of how families are affected by the disorder. Read more.

Eat at Uno to Help Families Affected by Autism

This Labor Day Weekend, you are invited to dine in or out at your local Uno Chicago Grill and have 20% of your bill donated to Autism Speaks. Participating markets include; the Chicago area, Massachusetts, Florida, Maryland, and the New York area. Uno also offers a gluten free menu upon request. Read more.

Nominate “Raise Autism Awareness in Underserved Populations” for the Top 25

“Raise Autism Awareness in Underserved Populations” is one of more than 1,000 project submissions in American Express’ Members Project, which aims to unite American Express card members behind one cause. Autism Speaks is the “Fulfilling Organization” for this project, which proposes to increase autism awareness in underserved populations, using tailored materials (i.e. multi-lingual, culturally sensitive) to address the many barriers to services and diagnosis that families often face in rural or urban areas. American Express will donate up to $1.5 million to fund the winning project. 

Nominate “Raise Autism Awareness in Underserved Populations” now for the Top 25!

Train 4 Autism Teams Up With Autism Speaks

Train 4 Autism (T4A) is partnering with Autism Speaks to help raise awareness and funds through athletic events. T4A provides a system by which individuals can train for and participate in athletic events such as marathons, half marathons, 10-K’s, 5-K’s, walks, triathlons, swimming, and/ or cycling events and at the same time raise funds for the autism program of their choice. Read more

Surfers Paddle Around NYC to Raise Funds, Awareness

 Eighty surfers braved the water and wind to paddle around Manhattan in the second annual Surfers Environmental Alliance SEA Paddle NYC, a fundraiser for autism awareness. Funds raised by this event will fund organizations that support autism awareness, including Autism Speaks. Read more and watch video here.

“Why We Walk” by Jessica Wilson

In our latest “Why We Walk” essay, a mother of two girls (one typical, one with high-functioning autism) shares the speech she presented at the Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Kick-off. She not only shares anecdotes about life with her family, but also offers unique fundraising tips for walkers.

Read more.



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.


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


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.




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