Alan Greenspan “Bullish” on Autism Speaks
Greenspan and Autism Speaks Thank Winning Bidders of Unique Portrait Auction
NEW YORK (February 16, 2006) – Retired Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan today stated his support for Autism Speaks and its work on behalf of individuals and families affected by autism. A statement from Greenspan was read live this morning during a segment on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that featured the winning bidders of a unique eBay auction of a painting of the former Fed chairman.
Matthew and Nathan Schirmer, who bid $150,400 for the portrait, were joined live on the program by portrait artist Erin Crowe and Autism Speaks Senior Vice President Alison Tepper Singer. Crowe painted the portrait live on CNBC three weeks ago.
“During my eighteen years at the Fed, I’m sure there were a lot of people who wanted to have me hung,” joked Greenspan in the statement. “I’m glad that they’re only hanging my portrait!
“More seriously, while I’m surprised at the attention, I’m gratified that a cause as important as Autism Speaks will benefit from the auction. I’d also like to thank the artist for contributing her work, and, of course, the buyer for helping so many children afflicted with autism.”
“We are thrilled that Chairman Greenspan is so bullish on autism research and Autism Speaks,” said Singer. “We hope his comments result in a huge influx of capital.”
The Schirmers stated that they decided to make their identities public to help raise awareness of the growing autism epidemic. One in 166 children, including one in every 104 boys, is now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
“We’ve come forward simply to say that more attention needs to be paid to the issue of autism and the important work being done by organizations like Autism Speaks,” said the Schirmers, who are health and life insurance agency principals in Dunedin, Florida.
“We made this contribution because we’ve seen first-hand the enormous impact autism has on families and know that funding for research is critically needed. All of us need to know that a growing number of children are being diagnosed with autism, which makes the search for the cause and cure more urgent than ever.”
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is committed to aggressively funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism. It is devoted to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society, and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of the disorder. Autism Speaks was co-founded by Suzanne and Bob Wright in February, 2005 in response to the diagnosis of their grandson. Bob Wright is Chairman and CEO of NBC Universal and is Vice Chair of General Electric. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit its web site at www.autismspeaks.org .
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 work. In 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.