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Autism Goes to the Emmys 
Children’s Program Wins Award for “Private Worlds” Special

A Nickelodeon TV special about children with autism won the Emmy for best children’s program at the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox TV Sept. 16, 2007. The cable channel’s long-running, award-winning Nick News with Linda Ellerbee aired the program “Private Worlds: Kids and Autism,” last April. 

Private Worlds” tells the story of a severely autistic fifth grader, as well of a 15-year-old with Aspergers Syndrome. The program also includes segments on author Temple Grandin and a 14-year-old musical savant. Another segment focuses on how other children can connect with children with autism through a special hockey program. 

“While kids with autism have been described as living in their own private worlds,” Ellerbee said when the show was broadcast last spring, “they are also living in our world. Therein lies the challenge for all of us: How do we live differently together?” 

Outstanding Children’s Program

  • Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Private Worlds: Kids And Autism • Nickelodeon • Lucky Duck Productions in association with Nickelodeon
    Rolfe Tessem, Executive Producer
    Mark Lyons, Producer
    Martin Toub, Produced By
    Kara Pothier, Produced By
    Wally Berger, Supervising Producer


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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