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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.


Note: Links are original and most likely don’t work anymore.

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NEWS

Autism Society 41st National Conference a Success!

Parents, individuals on the spectrum, educators, doctors, bloggers, politicians, Miss Texas, and even a longhorn steer were in attendance at the Autism Society’s 41st National Conference in Dallas last week. In his opening address to a crowd of 1,500, Autism Society President and CEO Lee Grossman called for society to redefine autism in a way that reflects its true meaning as a “Whole Family, Whole Community” condition in order to better serve those affected. Read more …

Summer Travel Tips for Families Living with Autism

If you’re traveling with an individual with autism this summer, check out the following tips from experts to make the trip more enjoyable for all concerned. Read more …

Don’t Miss the Next Sensory Friendly Film!

Mark your calendars for the next AMC-Autism Society Sensory Friendly Film, Despicable Me, this Saturday, July 17. We will be showing the movie at 10 a.m. local time in participating theatres nationwide. Don’t miss our new locations in Springfield, Ill.; Chicago; Denver; Evansville, Ind.; Indianapolis; Madison, Wis.; Omaha, Neb.; Peoria, Ill.; Phoenix; Providence, R.I.; Rockford, Ill.; Sacramento, Calif.; and South Bend, Ind. Find a location near you at www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms.

Autism Journeys: Emily

In Autism Journeys, we ask individuals on the spectrum, professionals and family members of all kinds to share their stories of what they have learned in their journeys with autism. This week, a teenage girl with autism shares some of her struggles fitting into a social society. Read more …

Submit Your Story!

Do you have a story to tell about your journey with autism? Tell us about it at stories@autism-society.org. Stories should be about 300 words, and please include a picture of yourself!

Autism Society Award Winner Honored in Local Papers

“Love, Dream, Believe.” Each word, inscribed singularly on a decorative plaque, is prominently displayed on the dining room wall at the home of Bruce and Heidi Haas. The three words are a daily reminder for the parents of three young children, Kylie 5, Brody, 4, and Ella, 20 months, of what’s important in life. Read more …

ADVOCACY

Update: Autism Legislation in Congress

The Autism Society’s public policy team is working diligently to urge Congress to move legislation that positively impacts the autism community before Congress leaves for the August recess. As an election session and the close of this Congress approaches, many see the end of July as the critical time to advocate on behalf of the autism community. Read more …

Obama Administration Officials Address Autism Society National Conference

The Autism Society held its 41st National Conference last week in Dallas, Texas. Kareem Dale, Special Advisor to the President on Disability Policy, and Sharon Lewis, Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disability (ADD), addressed attendees as the keynote speakers on Thursday, July 8. Read more …

IACC to Meet July 16

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee is scheduled to meet Friday, July 16, in Bethesda, Md. The purpose of the meeting is to listen to presentations on various aspects of autism spectrum disorder research and services and to discuss plans for the annual update of the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorders Research. Read more

RESEARCH

DNA Scan for Familial Autism Finds Variants that Disrupt Gene Activity in Children with Autism

The world’s largest DNA scan for familial autism has uncovered new genetic changes in children with autism that are often not present in their parents. Identified in less than 1 percent of the population, these rare variants occur nearly 20 percent more in children with autism. Read more …

EDUCATION

New Guide for Teachers and Professionals to Support College Students with ASD

In a new book geared for professionals, special educators, teachers and other such professionals, licensed psychologist Dr. Sarita Freedman writes about the needs of college students with ASD and offers support strategies for those who work with them that can be implemented from elementary school to the college years. Read more …CONFERENCES

Penn State Autism Conference

The 14th Annual Penn State Autism Conference provides comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist all educational team members, other professionals and families in developing effective educational programming for all students with autism spectrum disorders. Read more …

RESOURCES

Check Out 2010 Autism Society Award-Winning Books

Have you read the 2010 Autism Society award-winning books? Each year the Literary Work of the Year award is given to a literary work published or copyrighted within the last five years that has made a significant contribution to the broader autism community. Read more …

The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook

In her new handbook, The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook, author Sarah Hendrickx writes that more and more people are reaching adolescence and adulthood before realizing they have been living with an undiagnosed neurological difference. This book serves as a first-reference point guide to the range of neurological differences affecting adolescents and adults. Read more …

Activity Schedules for Children with Autism

The newly published second edition of Activity Schedules for Children with Autism by Lynne E. McClannahan, Ph.D., and Patricia J. Krantz, Ph.D., teaches children how to do the laundry, talk to classmates and more using activity schedules, a set of pictures and/or words that lead a person to do a task using a sequence of steps. The book shows parents and professionals how they can use ABA-based methods to teach children and adults to master these tasks by themselves. Read more …

New Book Chronicles Living with ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome

In Life at the Edge and Beyond, author Jan Greenman looks back 18 years in this account of bringing up her son, Luke, who has Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD and chronic anxiety. Read more …

Autism Society
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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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