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Modell’s to Kick Off its Month-long “Dollar Donation Days” Benefiting Autism Speaks on Sunday, May 28

(NEW YORK, NY – May 24, 2006) – Modell’s Sporting Goods stores will launch a four-week “Dollar Donation Days” promotion on Sunday, May 28 to benefit Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, it was announced today.

Through June 24, customers at all of Modell’s 128 store locations throughout the Northeast will be able to purchase one-dollar Autism Speaks puzzle pieces at check-out, with all proceeds being directed towards autism research. This is the second “Dollar Donation Days” campaign to benefit autism research. 

“Modell’s is an invaluable partner and we are incredibly grateful for their ongoing commitment to raising funds for autism research,” said Lisa Gallipoli, Autism Speaks National Walk Director.

“As summer approaches, we encourage everyone to go out and buy those essential summertime sporting goods and purchase a puzzle piece to help us fund the research that will help us find answers to our many questions about autism.” 

“We’ve seen how autism affects the lives of so many families, and it simply makes sense for Modell’s to do our part in raising funds for autism research. The ‘Dollar Donation Days’ provides the perfect platform for Modell’s customers to get involved in supporting the search for a cure,” said Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods. 

To find the Modell’s Sporting Goods store nearest you, visit modells.comor call 1-800-ASK MODELLS.

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

Founded in 1889, Modell’s Sporting Goods is America’s largest and oldest family-owned and operated sporting goods and apparel retailer with 128 stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Virginia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Modell’s consistently meets the growing demand for more selection, value and quality merchandise by offering a full line of brand name sporting goods, apparel and athletic footwear for the entire family. 


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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