Archived | Autism Society Conference Just Three Weeks Away; Autism Community Mourns Passing of Dr. Ted Carr | Circa July 2, 2009 #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.


NEWS

Autism Society Conference Just Three Weeks Away

Don’t miss the Autism Society National Conference in St. Charles, Ill., July 22-25. This year’s conference offers many unique opportunities. The Autism Society has invited First Lady Michelle Obama to participate in the July 24 keynote panel on public policy and autism. We have also launched our conference blog at http://autismconference.wordpress.com/Read more …

Autism Community Mourns Passing of Dr. Ted Carr

The autism community recently lost a great leader, Dr. Edward Carr, who was killed by a drunk driver the afternoon of June 20. Dr. Carr, the Leading Professor in the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was a top advisor to the Autism Society. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague and his wife, Ilene Wasserman, who was also killed in the crash, and we send our thoughts and prayers to their family. Read more …

AMC and the Autism Society Announce Special Sensory Friendly Showing of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Don’t miss the AMC/Autism Society Sensory Friendly Film line-up this summer! In addition to the July 11 showing of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, due to the large amount of interest in the new Harry Potter movie, we’ll be having a second show on July 25. Now, families affected by autism that might not be able to see a traditional show will have a chance to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on the big screen. We will also be showing G-Force on August 1. Read more …

ADVOCACY

IACC Holds Town Hall Meeting at Autism Society Conference

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) will hold a Town Hall Meeting on July 24, 2009, at 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Autism Society National Conference in St. Charles, Ill. The town hall meeting is an opportunity to share your comments, feedback and questions regarding services for people with ASD and their families. Read more …

Tell Congress to Fund Lifespan Respite

Congress will decide on funding for the Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006 shortly after coming back from the July 4th recess. On July 8, the Appropriations Committee is expected to quickly finish their work on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bill. This bill is the opportunity for Congress to fund the lifespan respite care that families need. Read more …

Support the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act (H.R. 2740)

Congressmen Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Pete Sessions (R-TX) have introduced the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act (H.R. 2740). This bill is critically important to families trying to assert the rights afforded to their students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), one of the key laws governing disability rights and education. Read more …

U.S. House Passes Bill to Expand Autism Treatment to Military Families

On June 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation expanding services for autism treatment for military families. The National Defense Authorization Act includes an amendment authored by Congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA) expanding insurance coverage for the children of service personnel under the military’s health-care program (TRICARE). Read more …

Congress Continues Work on Health-Care Reform

Congress began its week-long Independence Day recess this week. Health-care reform is expected to take center stage during the June 29-July 3 Independence Day district work period. Read more …

President Obama Announces New Initiatives to Assist Americans with Disabilities

President Barack Obama recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in the case of Olmstead v. L.C. by launching “The Year of Community Living,” a new effort to assist Americans with disabilities. Read more …

New Appointments to the Obama Administration

New leaders have been confirmed in the U.S. Departments of Disability Employment, Labor, HHS, Education and Housing. Read more …

States Take Action to Support Individuals Affected by Autism

New Jersey, Wisconsin and West Virginia are moving forward with new laws that will help individuals with autism and their families. Read more …

RESEARCH

AASPIRE Gateway Project 

The AASPIRE Gateway Project is an online research project conducted by the Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE). They are recruiting participants with and without disabilities, and participants on the autism spectrum, for a series of continuing online studies on topics such as health care, Internet use, online sense of community, identity, problem solving and perspective taking. Read more …

Parents Key in New Measure to Evaluate Language in Children with Autism

A new parent questionnaire, developed at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, will help health practitioners to more accurately gauge the acquisition of language skills in children with autism. Read more …

EDUCATION

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Launches “Go Out and Play!” Kit

Early educators know the importance of play and that, for a child, to play is to learn. But play also offers an opportunity to observe a child’s development. To help encourage play, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign offers the Go Out and Play! Kit for early childhood educators. This free resource offers fun and interactive activities designed for children 3 through 5 years of age, as well as other important information about child development and sharing concerns with parents. Read more …

CONFERENCES

Free Workshop Series in New York City

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc., presents What’s Out There and How to Get It, a 2009-2010 free training series for families and professionals needing programs and services for children with disabilities. Read more …

Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Childhood to Adulthood

Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Childhood to Adulthood, a conference sponsored by the Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, will take place November 20-21 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Read more …

RESOURCES

Latest Tool from the Autism Asperger Publishing Co. Helps Outsmart Explosive Behavior 

Judy Endow, author of Outsmarting Explosive Behavior, has created a support system, using the visual of four train cars, which has not only helped Judy and her son, but today helps countless individuals on the autism spectrum and their teams of support people. Read more …

Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities Give their Perspective

In the thought-provoking essay collection Thicker Than Water, 39 adult siblings reflect on how their lives have been indelibly shaped by their relationship with a brother or sister with special needs. Edited by Don Meyer, creator of Sibshops and an expert on sibling issues, Thicker Than Water reveals both positive and negative aspects of growing up with someone who might have received the lion’s share of his or her parents’ attention or who now requires extra support as an adult. Read more …

Autism and the Economy

In his new book, Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World, economics professor Tyler Cowen highlights the cognitive strengths of autism and what they contribute to the economy. Read more …

Rethink Autism Launches Web Site Empowering Families and Professionals

Rethink Autism, Inc., an educational technology company based in New York City, recently launched http://www.rethinkautism.com/, the first online resource to offer parents and professionals immediate access to effective and affordable treatment tools for the growing population affected by autism spectrum disorders. Rethink Autism’s methods and resources are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Read more …

Author Seeking Input from Parents for Book

The Many Faces of Autism is a book in progress that aims to offer a spectrum of advice for the spectrum of autism. Read more …

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



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.





State-By-State Legislation To Force Insurance Companies To Cover ABA

Alabama
Alaska: HB 187
Arizona
Arkansas SB 913 HB 1315
California S 819 HR 2413
Colorado SB 09-244 SB 244
Connecticut CB 301
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana

Maine LD 1198
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico SB 39
New York: S. 2366, A. 6001
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio HB 1
Oklahoma

Oregon HB 3000
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


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