|e-Speaks || December 19, 2008|
Autism Speaks Approves $380,000 in Family Services Community Grants
Autism Speaks’ Board of Directors approved more than $380,000 in funding for 21 new Family Services Community Grants, for a total of over $1.4 million in such grants to date. These grants will help community organizations across the country expand existing programs and create new programs that improve and enrich the lives of individuals with autism. Read more here and find a summary of funded programs here.
UN/DPI Approves Autism Speaks NGO Association
The United Nations Department of Public Information (UN/DPI) has approved Autism Speaks’ application for association. Autism Speaks is the first and only autism organization to become a non-governmental organization associated with the DPI, and as such will act as a liaison between the UN and the global autism community. Read more.
Learn more about the United Nations DPI here.
Illinois Enacts Autism Insurance Legislation
Congratulations to the families and autism advocacy organizations of Illinois on the state’s enactment of Senate Bill 934, which requires private health insurance companies to cover up to $36,000 a year for treatments and therapies, including Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for children up to age twenty-one. With the enactment of this legislation, Illinois joins the ranks of states that have recognized the unfair and unreasonable burden being imposed on families of children with autism. To read more about the new law, visit www.autismvotes.org/illinois.
To stay informed about 2009 federal and state autism insurance reform legislation, sign up for action alerts here.
IACC Nears Completion of Strategic Plan for Autism Research
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), tasked by the Combating Autism Act of 2006 to coordinate all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorders, met on Dec. 12 in Rockville, Md. The agenda was devoted entirely to consideration of the Strategic Plan for Autism Research, which is comprised of six research areas aimed at addressing consumer-focused questions about autism. Read more.
Autism Speaks Recognizes Family Services Volunteers
Two Family Services Community Liaison volunteers were recognized at the year-end family services meeting for their leadership in their local communities. Kristin Hubbard from N.C. was given the “Keep Those Resources Coming” award and Beth Sparr of Fla. received the “Above and Beyond” award. Read more.
Budding Artists and Authors: We Need You!
Children ages 8-15 from across the country are invited to submit letters and illustrations for Malia and Sasha Obama which will become part of a book to be delivered to the first family on Inauguration Day. Fifty letters and 50 illustrations will be selected for the book. All proceeds from sales of the book will go to children’s charities, including Autism Speaks. Original work should be scanned and sent to email@example.com submission to the book’s organizers. Autism Speaks will have no input into the selection; we are merely facilitating the submission process in the hopes that the book will include at least one letter or illustration from a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Click here to print the submission template; all artwork must fit in this box. Letters can be on 8.5 x 11 lined notebook paper.
Teacher Interviews Focus on Treatment Techniques
Autism Speaks visited Public School 177 (PS-177) in Queens, N.Y. and interviewed three teachers, each of whom employs a different autism treatment methodology in the classroom, including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), The Miller Method and Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped Children (TEACCH). View these new educational videos here.
Holiday Tips for Special Needs Children
As many of our families prepare to celebrate the holidays, members of the Autism Speaks community have provided tips to ensure that children with autism have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Read more and share your suggestions on our social network.
Last Chance to Order Holiday Gifts and Save 15%
It’s not too late to order gifts for the holidays! As a special thank you to all of our supporters, take 15% off your total order* by entering the code 15YE2008 at checkout. Orders received by midnight Monday, Dec. 22 will arrive in time for Christmas. Shop for great holiday gifts now! *Please note that this discount applies to items for sale in the Autism Speaks Gift Catalog (excludes ties, scarves and ID kits).
In Their Own Words: Christmas Miracles
In our latest “In Their Own Words” essay, a mother tells how her son with autism’s reaction to a Christmas song shows how far he has come over the past eight holiday seasons. Read more. e
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Due to the holidays, e-Speaks will not be sent for the next two weeks. e-Speaks will return bi-weekly beginning on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009.
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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.