Teletubbies Auction to Benefit Autism Speaks™
Ragdoll Ltd. and Isaac Mizrahi Team Up To Sell Limited Edition Handbags
As part of the high-profile partnership, Mr. Mizrahi will design five limited-edition handbags inspired by the Teletubbies to be listed in a charity auction with all proceeds to benefit Cure Autism Now (CAN) and Autism Speaks, the leading organizations dedicated to accelerating autism research and awareness. The special charity auction event will be hosted on eBay Giving Works, the dedicated program for charity listings on eBay, and can be found on www.ebay.com beginning Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. PDT, through Saturday, April 7. Details for the charity auction event will be available at www.TakeTheTeletubbiesTest.com.
The Teletubbies took the world by storm in 1997 when the children’s television phenomenon debuted in the UK. Whether embracing new audiences or charming old friends, 2007 will see Teletubbies celebrate 10 years of innovation, laughter and commercial success around the world! In recognition of the 10 year celebration, parents, teens and tweens, and adults of all ages will be asked to Take the 10-Minute Teletubbies Test! A global multimedia campaign will ask viewers and consumers to watch the program for a mere ten minutes, and share their reactions to it.
The campaign begins in the U.S. on March 26, when the actual Teletubbies arrive in New York City, the first time the characters will ever have set foot on US soil! The Teletubbies will make appearances at landmark locations throughout New York and will attend the gala opening of the Teletubbies branded Pop-Up Shop.
To coincide with the 10-Year Celebration, Mr. Mizrahi will design five bags that take their cue from the famous property. This is the second time that Mr. Mizrahi was inspired by the famed foursome. The first was in 1998 when he designed his couture collection.
Each specially designed bag will be a send up to a different Teletubby – Tinky Winky (purple), Dipsy (green), Laa-Laa (yellow) and Po (red) – with one that incorporates all four characters. The bags will feature a contemporary and cool update on the classic styling of Teletubbies, created with style-savvy tweens, teens and young adults in mind.
The Pop-Up Shop in New York will feature the designs, hand-sketched and signed by Mr. Mizrahi, alongside the new Teletubbies fashions and accessories. A limited-time, must-see destination that invites young adults into the far-out world of the Teletubbies, the Pop-Up Shop will be a unique and interactive space that stretches the boundaries of a traditional retail store. Coinciding with the charity auction, the shop opens to the public on Wednesday, March 28 and remains open through April 7.
All Ragdoll profits from the sale of Teletubbies antennas at the Pop-Up Shop and elsewhere around the City – as well as a percentage of proceeds from all items sold at the store – will benefit Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks.
“For ten years, we have heard from parents in the autism community about the powerful effect the Teletubbies TV series and its characters have had on their children, who had been previously unresponsive and non-communicative,” said Ms. Godfrey.
“This overwhelming and often emotionally-charged feedback from caregivers helped us to identify Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks as the ideal partner for Ragdoll on this special endeavor.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of the Teletubbies 10th anniversary celebration,” said Jonathan Shestack, co-founder of Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks board member.
“Children with autism seem to have an affinity for these playful characters. What’s more, the show reaches an incredibly important audience for early intervention – parents of children ages 1 to 3. We are grateful that Ragdoll, Inc., partnered with us to raise awareness about autism and funding for research during Teletubbies’ historic landing in the U.S.”
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.