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Watering Can Press and The Autism Acceptance Book to Serve as the First National Sponsor for Autism Speaks’ Walk for Autism Research Events this Fall

(NEW YORK, NY – July 31, 2006) – Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, today announced that Watering Can Press and its book, The Autism Acceptance Book, will be the first National Platinum Sponsor for its Walk for Autism Research events this fall. The Autism Acceptance Book encourages children to develop a better understanding of autism and an appreciation for people’s overall differences. 

“We are thrilled to have Watering Can Press and The Autism Acceptance Book as our first national walk sponsor,” said Lisa Gallipoli, Autism Speaks’ national walk director.

“The central themes of this book – tolerance and understanding – couldn’t be more appropriate, as the Walks for Autism Research are not just fundraising events, they’re also a way to better inform our communities about the devastating impact autism has on so many families.” 

“The Walk for Autism Research program gives families like mine an opportunity to play an active role in the fight against autism,” said Brian Kelly, an Autism Speaks board member and the father of a son with autism, who was instrumental in the publication of The Autism Acceptance Book.

“By serving as the national sponsor of these walks, I believe Watering Can Press’ The Autism Acceptance Book will reach an even wider audience with its important message of inclusion.” 

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. 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.

For information about how to participate in a Walk for Autism Research event near you, or to start a walk in your community, please visit

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 the nation’s fastest growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

The Autism Acceptance Book is an interactive, educational, and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people’s differences. This book offers educational information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises that invite children to “walk in someone else’s shoes” as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves. To order a copy of The Autism Acceptance Book 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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