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Autism Speaks “Ties-in” with the NFL on Fox for Thanksgiving Day Broadcast 

Studio and Game Announcers Raise Awareness by Sporting Ties, Pins or Scarves Featuring Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece Logo 

NEW YORK, NY (Nov. 19, 2007) — Autism Speaks today announced a unique initiative that brings the organization’s awareness message to millions of fans watching traditional Thanksgiving Day football on FOX. As part of this special “tie-in,” NFL on FOX game and FOX NFL SUNDAY pre-game show broadcasters will wear ties, pins or scarves featuring Autism Speaks’ distinctive puzzle-piece logo on Thursday, Nov. 22.

NFL on FOX lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and lead analyst Troy Aikman will sport Autism Speaks ties and lapel pins while calling the Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game from Detroit’s Ford Field (12:30 PM ET), while field reporter Pam Oliver will wear a one-of-a-kind Autism Speaks scarf. Back at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, home of the Emmy Award-winning FOX NFL SUNDAY pre-game show (11:30 AM ET), co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, along with analysts Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson will also show their support by displaying the uniquely designed pins.

“Autism Speaks continually strives to find innovative ways to deliver our message of autism awareness to new audiences,” said Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks. “We thank FOX Sports and its NFL on FOX broadcasters for this remarkable opportunity to share information about autism, a disorder that now affects 1 in every 150 children.”

“A basic philosophy at FOX Sports has always been to entertain as we inform, and that works particularly well with an issue that is important to so many American families,” said David Hill, Chairman and CEO of FOX Sports.

“This effort with Autism Speaks is an important opportunity for us to contribute to furthering autism research and helping those struggling with this disorder.”

All four variations of the Autism Speaks ties were designed and crafted by Mountain & Sackett, one of the few surviving tie manufacturers in the U.S., with all production still located in New York City. The ties can be purchased at the Autism Speaks online store by visiting

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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