Archived | Autism Speaks: Book Recommendations for Newly Diagnosed Families | Circa March 4, 2010

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AGRE Collects 10,000th DNA Sample

The Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) has reached a significant milestone this month, having collected its 10,000th DNA sample from families with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). AGRE represents the world’s largest private repository of clinical and genetic information for families affected with an ASD.

Books for Newly Diagnosed Families

Recently, we asked our Facebook community, “What books about autism do you think are most helpful for newly diagnosed families?” We received nearly 300 responses; here are suggestions that we chose to pass along to you.

Toys”R”Us, Canada Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign

Toys”R”Us, Canada has launched its inaugural fundraising campaign to benefit Autism Speaks Canada, continuing through Friday, April 30. Toys”R”Us stores will offer customers an Autism Speaks puzzle piece in exchange for a $1 donation. Monetary donations will also be collected online at All funds raised will go to Autism Speaks Canada.

In Their Own Words: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

In this week’s essay, the mother of an adult son with autism shares vignettes of her family’s life, expressing how although each day brings challenges, she, in turn, experiences more opportunities.

Coming Soon

March 6 
Jacksonville Walk Now for Autism Speaks Awards Event 
(Atlantic Beach, Fla.)

March 7 
Palm Beach County Walk Now for Autism Speaks 
(West Palm Beach, Fla.) 

March 9 
West Texas Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event 
(Abilene, Texas) 

March 11 
Chicagoland Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event 
(Merrillville, Ind.)
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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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