Natalie Cole to Join Headliner Jay Leno at “Concert for Autism Speaks”
Tom Brokaw Will Serve as Master of Ceremonies for October 20 Night of Comedy and Music at Mandalay Bay Theatre in Las Vegas
(NEW YORK, NY – September 29, 2006) – Eight-time Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole will perform at the “Concert for Autism Speaks,” a night of comedy and music headlined by “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, on Friday, October 20 at the Mandalay Bay Theatre at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The concert will benefit Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research. NBC News’ Tom Brokaw will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies.
Tickets for the concert, which begins at 8 p.m., are now available at the $300, $200 and $100 levels at the Mandalay Bay Box Office, by phone at 877-632-7400, or online at www.mandalaybay.com. They are also available for purchase at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 702-474-4000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For information about unique sponsorship opportunities, please call 310-201-5033 or click here (PDF).
Billi and Bernie Marcus are the event honorary chairs. Beverly and Jim Rogers, Meredith and Ralph Toddre, and Suzanne and Bob Wright are the event co-chairs.
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.
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism spectrum disorders; to increasing awareness of the nation’s fastest growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. The legislative agenda of Autism Speaks is to influence public policy and federal funding related to autism spectrum disorders. Autism Speaks is committed to working with other national and regional autism organizations to achieve this goal. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit 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.