Archived | Autism Speaks: Employment: Working with Autism | Circa June 24, 2011 #NotAnAutisticAlly


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.

e-SpeaksWeek of June 24, 2011

At work at Roses for Autism, an Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grant recipient  Autism in the Workplace

Autism Speaks Family Services is pleased to highlight individuals with autism who are working as well as testimonials from their employers in Autism in the Workplace. We hope this page serves as a source of inspiration and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, as well as for prospective employers.

Plus, read a blog post about providing meaningful work.

 In Their Own Words: Camping, uh… sorta

In this ‘In Their Own Words,’ Katie shares the story of a recent camping trip with her sister, who has autism.  

Autism Treatment Network Welcomes Families as Advisors

The Autism Treatment Network is seeking to enhance its care and services by inviting families to participate as advisors. The first meeting of the Family Advisory Committee was held in Washington DC and resulted in a number of recommended items for action. Read the story to learn more.

New York Closes in on Insurance Reform

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature have reached agreement on one of the most comprehensive autism insurance reform bills in the nation. Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright calls the bill a “lifesaver” not only for New Yorkers, but for families across the nation who work for New York-based companies covered under the legislation. 

Spring Walks Continue in Style

The spring Walk season continued in style as families and friends walked together in HawaiiIowaSouth DakotaMontreal and London, Ontario.

There are a handful of Walks this summer and then fall  Walks begin in September. Visit to join a Walk near you!

Stars Turn Out for 13th Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge

Autism Speaks teamed up with television personalities, sports stars, and other local supporters for the Thirteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge.

The day-long golf outing at the world- renowned Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. raised over $1 million for autism research, advocacy and family services.

This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

Check out this week’s top posts and subscribe to the Autism Speaks Blog to receive an e-mail containing the day’s stories

Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ernie Els Featured on ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’


Autism Speaks Testifies at Congressional Hearing

Coming Soon

June 26 Toronto Walk Now for Autism Speaks(Toronto, Ontario)

June 30  San Diego Walk Now for Autism SpeaksKickoff Event (San Diego, Calif.)

June 4 Autism Speaks 11th Annual 5K Run-1 Mile Walk (Potomac, Md.)Science

 The Next Step Toward Treatment

An update on a clinical trial by Seaside Therapeutics

 IACC Grant Portfolio

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee reports on 2009 autism research funding

More Screening, Not Less

In support of screening of all infants for autism spectrum disorders 

Advocacy Caring for Military Kids 

New bill in Congress simplifies ABA coverage

Jump Start to Success

A Seattle grandmother on the Early Start Denver Model

Insurance Reform in Rhode Island 

Legislature finalizing action on reform bill 

Family Services

 Rodney Peete Chat

Check out a transcript of our Facebook chat with Rodney Peete

100 Day Kit Chat

A transcript of a recent chat about the 100 Day Kit

Transition Tool Kit A guide to the journey to adulthood  Awareness 

Redesigned Autismspeaks.Org

Site features new tools to access, share and act on information

Thank You Pink and Carey Hart! The singer and her husband welcome their daughter and support Autism Speaks 

Explore Autistic History

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

Alaska: HB 187
Arkansas SB 913 HB 1315
California S 819 HR 2413
Colorado SB 09-244 SB 244
Connecticut CB 301

Maine LD 1198
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico SB 39
New York: S. 2366, A. 6001
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio HB 1

Oregon HB 3000
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

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