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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.


In Memoriam: O. Ivar Lovaas

The Autism Society is saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas, an esteemed pioneer in the development of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Dr. Lovaas, an emeritus member of the Autism Society’s Panel of Professional Advisors, passed away on August 2. He suffered from Alzheimer’s disease during the last years of his life. He died from an infection after undergoing surgery to repair a broken hip, according to the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Dr. Lovaas will be remembered for his dedication to helping children and families in the autism community. Read more…

Autism Society Applauds Subcommittee’s Review of Environmental Research

A Senate subcommittee hearing on Aug. 2 brought together researchers from federal health organizations and institutes to highlight the state of scientific findings regarding environmental contributions to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. According to these experts, emerging scientific findings suggest that a combination of genetic and environmental factors could affect neurological development, but additional research is needed. Expert witnesses also said that autism likely has a number of causes. Read more…

Autism Society and AMC Join Disability Advocates to Inspire Employment Policy Change

On July 29, the Autism Society co-sponsored a briefing on Capitol Hill called “Promoting Employment First: Innovations in Policy and Practice to Achieve Integrated Employment with Livable Wages for Citizens with Significant Disabilities.” The information session was co-sponsored by disability advocacy group TASH and the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD), a network of national organizations, including the Autism Society, that promotes opportunities for people with disabilities. Read more…

“Lesson Learned: Autism as A Whole Family Condition” Conference Keynote Now on YouTube

“Lesson Learned: Autism as A Whole Family Condition,” the July 9, 2010, keynote presentation at the Autism Society’s National Conference in Dallas, is now available for free viewing on YouTube. In this keynote, Dr. Cathy Pratt, Autism Society board member and member of the Panel of Professional Advisors, shares the lessons she has learned working on behalf of individuals across the autism spectrum and their families. Read more…

Review of Autism Society National Conference in Dallas: Parts 3 and 4 From Dallas Moms blog

The Dallas Moms blog of the Dallas Morning News has published its final installments of its in-depth coverage of the Autism Society’s 41st Annual Conference. 
Part 3
Part 4

Don’t Miss the Next Sensory Friendly Film!

Mark your calendars for the next AMC-Autism Society Sensory Friendly Film, Nanny McPhee Returns, on September 4. We will be showing the movie at 10 a.m. local time in participating theatres nationwide. Don’t miss our new locations beginning in September in St. Louis, Mo.; New Orleans; Chicago; Milwaukee; Champaign, Ill.; Dallas; Las Vegas; Tampa, Fla. and Terre Haute, Ind. Find a location near you at

Autism Journeys: Kathy

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 mother started a school in Tampa Bay to help children in her area, including her daughter who has autism. Read more…

Teen with Autism Becomes Inspirational Wrestler

It is normal for a parent to fear their child many never live a typical life if he or she is diagnosed with autism. A 16-year-old from Bloomington has an inspirational story that helps calm those fears. Read more in Autism Headlines Weekly


Senate Passes the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act

After several unsuccessful attempts, the U.S. Senate passed the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act by a vote of 61-39 on August 5. This legislation provides $16.1 billion to extend the Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) from January 1 to June 30, 2011. Read more…

Health Care Institutes Team Up to Provide Guidance on Implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010

On August 6, the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification released a letter in their series of guidance on implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. This letter provides information about several changes to Section 1915(i) of the Social Security Act as a result of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. These changes, which become effective October 1, include revised and new options for offering home and community-based services (HCBS) through the Medicaid State Plan. Read more…

Senate Adopts Law to Change Disability Terminology

Late in the evening on August 5, the Senate adopted, by unanimous consent, Rosa’s Law (S. 2781). This bill would change the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” to “intellectual disability” and “intellectually disabled” in various federal laws that primarily relate to education and employment. Read more…

House of Representatives Committee Introduces Employment Reform Legislation

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) introduced legislation (H.R. 5983) to modernize the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act, known as the Ability One program. This act has not been changed in decades. Read more…

Senate Passes Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed the Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act (S. 3304). The House of Representatives version of the bill, H.R. 3101, passed on the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26. Read more…

Participants Requested for Government Survey about Family Programs

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) in the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking information about the needs of people with developmental disabilities. ADD funds projects of national significance (PNS) designed to foster systems change in meeting the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families. ADD is asking people to complete a short online survey about the types of programs and projects that would be most helpful to people and their families. The survey can be completed online until September 1, 2010. Click here to view survey.RESEARCH

Adult Autism Diagnosis by Brain Scan

Scientists from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s College London have developed a pioneering new method of diagnosing autism in adults. For the first time, a quick brain scan that takes just 15 minutes can identify adults with autism with over 90 percent accuracy. The method could lead to screening for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children in the future. Read more…


Guide Provides Scientifically Based Structures for Successful Classroom Inclusion

Written by expert teachers and researchers, Best Practices for the Inclusive Classroom: Scientifically Based Strategies for Success, looks at field-tested strategies that teachers of inclusive classrooms need to implement to successfully teach all of the learners in their classroom. Read more…CONFERENCES

The Autism Society’s 2011 Conference Will Take Place in Orlando, Florida

The Autism Society’s 2011 Conference will be in Orlando, Florida, at the Gaylord Palms from July 6 to 9. The call for papers will open mid-September. Visit the conference website now for more information at Conference recordings from our 2010 conference are now available; check the website for information. If you attended the conference, check your email for instructions on accessing the recordings. 

Thank you to everyone who made the 2010 National Conference so successful. The Autism Society would especially like to thank its sponsors: AMC Entertainment Inc., Autism Pro, Eden Autism Services, Autism Research Institute, MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning, Easter Seals, EmFinders, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine, College Internship Program, Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Monarch Center for Autism, Walden University and Autism Treatment Center.


SmartKnit KIDS Offers Back-to-School Sale for Sensory-Friendly Socks

SmartknitKIDS socks are completely free of seams, knit like a cocoon starting from the toe and working up the ankle. The design is meant to provide comfort and relief to children with autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, hypersensitivity – or those who just can’t stand annoying seams. Read more…

New Documentary Shows how Teacher Helps Children with Special Needs Grow Through Art

“I’m an Artist” tells the story of the often hidden children of our time– students with learning disabilities. In this heartwarming documentary, young adults with Down syndrome, autism and behavior issues collaborate with a dedicated teacher to create artwork for their first professional gallery exhibition. Read more…

A New Tool Teaches Banking and Budgeting to Teens and Adults

Money management is an important independent living skill for adults with Down syndrome, autism and other intellectual disabilities, yet it is also one of the most challenging to learn. Managing My Money: Banking and Budgeting Basics by Natalie Hale (Woodbine House) is a proven workbook that teaches banking and budgeting to teens and adults who have learned to use a calculator and have pre-requisite math and handwriting skills at a first-grade level or higher. Read more…

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