Autism Speaks Re-launches Web Site with Dynamic, New Features and Tools for Individuals and Families Affected by Autism
Leading Autism Web Resource Features New Services Database, Along with More News, Enhanced Focus on Scientific Research, Family Services, Fundraising Walks and Community-building
NEW YORK, NY (April 27, 2007) — Autism Speaks, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, today debuted the re-design of its dynamic, top-ranked web site, www.autismspeaks.org. The re-launched site includes a new home page that spotlights more of the organization’s expanding activities, while also serving as a nexus of autism news, information and services.
“The new autismspeaks.org is a powerful and user-friendly tool for anyone seeking more information about autism and Autism Speaks’ ongoing awareness, fundraising and research efforts,” said Alison Singer, Autism Speaks Executive Vice President of Communications and Awareness.
“We hope that members of the autism community will consider this their home and their homepage, a place where they can quickly connect to news, services – and each other.”
Among the key home page enhancements:
- Increased space for news updates, to reflect an expanded range of activities following Autism Speaks’ recent merger with Cure Autism Now, which brought together the nation’s two leading advocacy organizations;
- Easier navigational access to the organization’s central efforts in scientific research, community services and walk fundraisers;
- Greater promotion of high-profile content, such as the award-winning Autism Every Day video documentary, the newly updated Learn the Signs Ad Council public service campaign, and a soon-to-launch autism video glossary;
- A prominent sign-up link for e-speaks, Autism Speaks’ weekly email newsletter.
Among the additional enhancements found throughout the web site:
- The Family Services Database, a powerful new feature for caregivers dealing with the challenges of autism. The database, with its thousands of entries, allows users to search all 50 states on a local or regional basis to find a wide variety of service providers and other critical resources;
- New content areas to be rolled out in the coming months, including expanded science and government affairs sections, a broadened community area — featuring online forums — a new chapters initiative, and a Navigating the Spectrum guide to the range of autism spectrum disorders.
The Autism Speaks website was designed by Managing Director Ross Cooper and Executive Creative Director Angela Vecchio of Gold N Fish Marketing of Armonk, NY, with web consultant Adam Glenn; the same team responsible for the previous re-design in Fall 2005. Andrew Leonard is Autism Speaks’ Manager of Web Content and Kevin Berk is Director of Interactive Services.
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 150 children in the United States, 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 increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Chairman of NBC Universal and Vice Chairman, General Electric. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation’s three leading autism advocacy organizations. 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.