Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to Serve as Honorary Chair for Fifth Annual Westchester-Fairfield Walk for Autism Research on Sunday, June 4
NEW YORK (May 16, 2006) – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) will serve as the honorary chair for the fifth annual Westchester-Fairfield Walk for Autism Research on Sunday, June 4, it was announced today by Walk Co-Chairs Carol Christiaanse, Nancy McCarthy and Alison Singer.
The Walks for Autism Research – which will be held in 43 locations across the country throughout the year — are the signature fundraising events of Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research.
“Events like the Westchester-Fairfield Walk for Autism Research are critical to raising awareness and literally taking the steps necessary to educate the public about autism,” Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said. “It is truly a great pleasure to serve as honorary chair. I’m certain that through the convergence of scientific, academic, public and political programs we can successfully develop treatments and hopefully a cure for autism.”
The Westchester-Fairfield Walk for Autism Research will be held on the campus of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, bringing together thousands of volunteers, people with autism and their families. The approximately two-mile walk will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Last year’s Westchester-Fairfield walk raised more than $725,000 to support autism research and attracted over 7000 walkers.
Established by the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) in 2000, Walk for Autism Research events have attracted hundreds of thousands of walkers worldwide who have raised over 30 million dollars for autism research. NAAR and Autism Speaks combined operations in February 2006.
“We are honored that Senator Clinton has agreed to support this important event, which raises a significant amount of money for critical scientific research,” said Singer. “The walk is a very special day, when individuals with autism, their families and friends join together with the entire community to highlight the need for greater autism awareness and to express our hope that we’ll find answers to this mysterious disorder.”
Senator Clinton is a co-sponsor of the Combating Autism Act, currently pending in Congress. The bill calls for federal spending of $176 million dollars annually for the next five years to support autism research, screening, intervention and educational efforts. It would increase resources in every state for the early diagnosis and treatment of children with autism.
For more information about participating in the walk, visit the Westchester-Fairfield Walk for Autism Research website at www.autismwalk.org/westfair.
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.
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.