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Wrights Honored with Advocacy Award

On Saturday, December 1st, 2007, Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright were honored at a dinner hosted by the Connecticut Center for Child Development (CCCD) with the Advocacy Award.

Mrs. Wright accepted the award on their behalf. The awards ceremony took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Stamford, Conn.

The Wrights were honored alongside Bobby Valentine, manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League, and former manager of the New York Mets, who received the Philanthropy Award, and Peter Gerhardt, an autism expert, consultant and author, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The gala was created to give autistic children in Connecticut a school for their future. Established in 1995, the CCCD is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders throughout their lifespan. 

Also this weekend, Autism Speaks executive board member Dr. Eric London and his wife Karen London, founders of the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) were honored at the Fire and Ice Ball to benefit The Autism Center of New Jersey Medical School at UMDNJ. The Londons were recognized for their dedication to furthering autism research and awareness. NAAR merged with Autism Speaks in 2006.

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”


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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