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Autism Society of America Launches New Online Course on Autism and Environmental Health

The Autism Society of America is pleased to announce the release of its newest online course, “Autism and the Environment 101.” Sponsored by the John Merck Fund, this introductory-level course was designed to give individuals with autism spectrum disorders, parents, other family members, physicians, educators or anyone affected by autism a general overview of the links between environmental toxins and autism. Read more …

Special Issue of Autism Advocate Focuses on Applied Behavior Analysis

ASA’s quarterly magazine, the Autism Advocate, will spotlight ABA in its upcoming December issue, entitled “Applied Behavior Analysis: A Powerful Tool for Improving the Lives of People with ASD.” Read more …

Holiday Tips from ASA

While many happily anticipate the coming holiday season, families
of people on the autism spectrum also understand the special challenges that may occur when schedules are disrupted and routines broken. Our hope is that by following these few helpful tips, families may lessen the stress of the holiday season and make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Read more …

Selected Items on Sale at ASA Store – Shop Now for the Holidays!

ASA has reduced prices on selected items available from our online store. The God’s Butterfly and Jollification ornaments have been reduced to $10 from $12, and the Jollification scarf has been marked down to $15 from $25. Items ordered before December 15 should arrive before December 25. Place your order today!

United Nations Holds International Day for Persons with DisabilitiesThe United Nations celebrated people with disabilities yesterday at the International Day for Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Read more …

Sensory Friendly Films Expand to New Markets

Don’t miss this weekend’s Sensory Friendly screening of “Bolt” on December 6 at 10 a.m. local time. This month, the program has expanded to new theatres in the Chicago, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Tucson, Ariz., areas. Learn more about the program or find a theatre near you at

Washington Capitals Game to Benefit ASA

Don’t miss the Washington Capitals hockey team play the Tampa Bay Lightning January 1 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.! $5 from each ticket will go to benefit the Autism Society of America. Tickets are $35 for seats in the Mezzanine or $65 for lower preferred seating. Visit to purchase yours today!

Autism on the Seas

Join the Autism Society of America on a fabulous 12-night Mediterranean Cruise aboard award-winning Oceania Cruises as we sail from Athens, Greece, to Venice, Italy, October 22-November 3, 2009. We will visit 6 ports of call across 13 countries. Read more …ADVOCACY

Don’t Miss ASA’s Day on the Hill 2009

Make your voice heard in Washington and register today for ASA’s Day on Capitol Hill 2009, February 25-26! To ensure that families affected by autism are heard in Washington and beyond, Day on the Hill 2009 will help increase awareness and understanding of autism issues among federal policymakers and build support for ASA’s legislative priorities. Read more …

Transition Update

President-Elect Obama’s transition team has been prolific in its public announcements over the last two weeks. Read more …


Pediatrics Study Looks at Unmet Health-Care Needs of Families Affected by ASD

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that “children with special health-care needs with autism spectrum disorder are significantly more likely to have problems regarding access to care and unmet needs.” Read more …

Brain Waves Show Sound Processing Abnormalities in Children with Autism

Abnormalities in auditory and language processing may be evaluated in children with autism spectrum disorder by using magnetoencephalography (MEG), according to a study presented this week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Read more …


Autism Hangout Podcast Helps Prepare Students with Autism to Succeed in College

Early preparation and careful planning are among the six keys to helping a student with autism have a successful college career, according to Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D, whose remarks are featured in a new podcast. Read more …


2009 ASA National Conference, July 22-25, in St. Charles, Ill. 

Registration opens next month!The 2009 ASA National Conference will be held in St. Charles, Illinois, at the Pheasant Run Resort July 22-25. We will be opening registration in mid-January. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions on the conference Web site:

The call for papers is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who sent in a submission. We anticipate 2,000 attendees this year and more than 150 exhibitors, plus speakers from around the globe. In 2008, we were able to expand our professional credit offerings and create a comprehensive program that drew a record number of attendees.

If you’re interested in exhibiting, advertising in the conference program guide or becoming a sponsor, please contact Meg Ellacott at you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Registration Now Open for Autism Society of Wisconsin’s Annual Conference

 The Autism Society of Wisconsin will be holding its annual conference May 7-9, 2009, at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Come and celebrate ASW’s 30-year anniversary! Read more …


Temple Grandin to Present at the Smithsonian

Temple Grandin will present a program at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, January 14, at 6:45 p.m. In “Creating the Best Life for Animals,” Grandin, a renowned animal behaviorist who has autism, identifies the core emotional needs of animals and explains how to fulfill them for dogs, cats, horses, farm animals and zoo animals. Read more …

New DVD Helps Young Children with ASD Recognize and Understand Emotions

The brainchild of Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading world authority on autism at the Autism Research Center at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, the “Transporters” DVD is an animated series that teaches children with ASD about emotions. Read more …

The Black Balloon Opens in New York and Los Angeles

NeoClassics Films Ltd., will release Elissa Down’s semi-autobiographical film The Black Balloon in New York and Los Angeles on December 5. The Black Balloon is an award-winning Australian film about fitting in, discovering love and accepting your family. Read more …

New Book on Autism Tells the Story of Two Unlikely Heroes

Don’t miss the exciting new children’s book by author and illustrator, S. Charles Decker! Zack the Prairie Dog is a heart-warming and inspirational book that is subtitled, “A prairie tale to promote autism awareness and the acceptance of differences, both in yourself and in others.” Read more …

Special Camp Fair to be Held in New York City

Parents and caregivers of children and teens with disabilities can plan ahead for summer with the wealth of information offered at the 24th annual free Special Camp Fair on Saturday, January 31, 2009. Read more

Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
301.657.0881 or 1.800.3AUTISM


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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