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Second Annual Autism Speaks Golf Classic Raises Over $530,000 

Seventy-four golfers, including sports and entertainment personalities, hit the links for the Second Annual Autism Speaks Golf Classic at the historic Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, New York, raising over $530,000. The tournament, held on September 24, 2007, was hosted by “Today” co-anchor, Matt Lauer, for the second year in a row.

The day’s events included a putting competition, numerous course contests, and a dinner reception with both silent and live auctions. The live portion, which featured the auctioneering talents of Bob Wright and Joe Kernen, co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box, offered rare experience packages from Cipriani and Bentley of Long Island, among others.

Also on hand to help raise funds for autism research, awareness and advocacy were former NFL player and CBS game analyst Marcus Allen; Today In New York’s Sports Anchor Otis Livingston; Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench; University of Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun, former New York Giants linebacker and sports broadcaster Harry Carson; former NFL tight end Howard Cross; former NFL defensive back Dick Lynch; Olympic gold medal winning snowboarder Ross Powers; and CBS’ The Early Show co-anchor and the host of A&E’s Biography series Harry Smith. 

Special thanks to event co-chairs Billi and Bernie Marcus, and Suzanne and Bob Wright, committee members Mel Karmazin, Artie Kempner, David Preschlack and Jack Schneider. A special thank you is also due to all of our event sponsors and our generous in-kind donors.



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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