Autism Speaks Applauds the State of Qatar for the Creation of Annual United Nations World Autism Awareness Day
An Unprecedented Global Effort to Increase Awareness about Autism Begins April 2, 2008
H.E. Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, Permanent Rep.of the State of Qatar to the UN, second from right, with Jacqueline Aidenbaum-Brandt, left, Bob Wright, and Suzanne Wright
NEW YORK, NY (November 27, 2007) — Autism Speaks Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright today joined H.E. Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, at a press conference announcing that April 2 will be designated World Autism Awareness Day following the adoption of the Qatari resolution on World Autism Awareness Day at the plenary of the
The 192 representatives of the U.N.’s Third Committee –that handles social, humanitarian and cultural issues – adopted the WAAD resolution by consensus, paving the way for the establishment of what will be one of an exclusive group of official disease or disorder-specific United Nations Days.
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Consort of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, supported the campaign for a World Autism Awareness Day through the current 62nd UN General Assembly Session, garnering consensus support from all United Nations Member States. In addition to having April 2 designated as World Autism Awareness Day in perpetuity, the resolution further encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society.
Autism Speaks has witnessed first hand the efforts of Qatar to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. Last April, Mrs. Wright had the opportunity to attend and speak at the Second Annual International Forum in Doha, Qatar, at the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned.
“Qatar shared the concerns of a number of countries about the high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world,” said H.E. Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser. “The Qatari resolution invites all member states to observe the second of April in order to raise public awareness of autism and the importance of early diagnosis, research and intervention.”
“All of us who visited Qatar were inspired by Her Highness and her deep commitment to improving the lives of children with autism and other special needs through her remarkable Shafallah Center,” said Mrs. Wright.
“Autism is a health crisis that knows no geographic or political boundaries and demands an immediate global response,” added Mr. Wright. “The nation of Qatar is an ideal partner in this ambitious effort to raise awareness about autism and the need for action on every continent and in every nation.”
During the press conference, Jacqueline Aidenbaum-Brandt, the mother of a son with autism, shed light on her personal experiences, including the misconception society had of the brain disorder and the concerns of parents of autistic children. She said people often mistook an autistic child for an unruly or poorly behaved one, blaming the parent instead of the disorder for the child’s behavior.
Following the press conference, H.E. Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser hosted a reception at the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to celebrate the adoption of the resolution in the Third Committee. In attendance were representatives from countries who supported the resolution for a UN World Autism Awareness Day as well as members of the autism community.
The support for World Autism Awareness Day was evident last June when Mrs. Wright was invited to address a U.N. Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Section briefing entitled “Autism: Raising Awareness, Changing Attitudes.” The notion of a global awareness day was proposed and a petition of support was signed by dozens of NGO representatives in attendance.
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 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 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.