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Autism Speaks Family Services Committee Announces Community Grant Program 
Family Services Committee Seeks Proposals for Project Grants

NEW YORK, NY (September 6, 2007) — Autism Speaks, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, today issued a request for grant applications (RFA) for projects that will enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders.

The announcement of this first Family Services RFA was made jointly by Autism Speaks Board Member and Family Services Committee Chairperson Brian Kelly and Peter Bell, Executive Vice President for Programs and Services at Autism Speaks. 

The Autism Speaks Family Service Community Grants will focus on building the field of services for individuals with autism and expanding the capacity to effectively serve this growing community. The Family Services Committee is seeking proposals for project grants in one or more of the following areas: Education; Recreation/Community Activities; Equipment/Support Technology; and Young Adult/Adult Services. 

Prospective applicants will be educators, trainers and service providers who work with individuals with autism. Autism Speaks will not award grants to individuals or fund an individual or family for participation in personal programs. The Family Services Committee encourages individuals to contact local providers and organizations to submit proposals. 

“Autism Speaks is committed to improving the quality of life for families affected by autism today,” said Bell. “There is a significant gap in the level of services individuals with autism receive. We hope to fill that gap and draw greater awareness to the need for enhanced and expanded services for both children and adults with autism.” 

This first round of proposals is due October 12, 2007. The average grant awarded will be in the $10,000 to $20,000 range. Please visit for policies, procedures and application details. Funds are expected to be awarded in December, 2007. 

The next Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants RFA will be issued in the first half of 2008. 

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. 

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 Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. 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


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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