Archived | Autism Speaks and The New York Center for Autism to Celebrate “A New Decade for Autism” at May 9 Benefit Dinner | Circa April 20, 2006 #NotAnAutisticAlly

Dateline’s Stone Phillips to Emcee and NYC Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein Will Give Keynote Speech 

NBC News’ Stone Phillips will serve as master of ceremonies and New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein will be the special guest and keynote speaker at “A New Decade for Autism,” a special fundraising dinner benefiting Autism Speaks and The New York Center for Autism Charter School on Tuesday, May 9 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers.

Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, recently launched a multi-year Ad Council public service advertising campaign whose goal is to increase awareness about the growing prevalence of autism and the need for parents and doctors to learn the early signs of autism.

The New York Center for Autism’s mission is to serve as a state-of-the-art model for educating children with autism in the public school system and to advance related public policy initiatives.

The New York Center for Autism Charter School is New York State’s first charter school dedicated exclusively to educating children with autism.

Major support for “A New Decade for Autism” is being provided by The Simons Foundation. Marilyn and Jim Simons, Laura and Harry Slatkin and Suzanne and Bob Wright are the event co-chairs. Patricia and James E. Cayne, Billi and Bernie Marcus and Ophelia and Bill Rudin serve as vice chairs.

For additional information about the event and to purchase tickets, please contact (212) 245-6570, ext. 18.


Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 166 children, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.


Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of the growing autism epidemic and to raising money to fund scientists who are searching for a cure. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric, and Chairman and CEO, NBC Universal. Autism Speaks and the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) recently combined operations, bringing together two of the leading organizations dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism spectrum disorders; to increasing awareness of autism, the nation’s fastest growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, visit


NYCA’s mission is to serve as a state-of-the-art model for educating children with autism in the public school system, advance related public policy initiatives and to collaborate with and unite public and private institutions, universities and individuals dedicated to advancing and furthering the fields of autism research and education.

Our mission will be achieved by the establishment of the NYCA Charter School, an innovative science- based lab school build on best clinical practices, by providing dynamic on-site observational training and outreach for public school educators, by creating centralized access to comprehensive resources for educators, practitioners and families affected by autism and by facilitating ongoing research into autism spectrum disorders. For more information, please visit


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.

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