Archived | Autism Speaks DC Golf Classic Raises Over $150,000 While Celebrating Columbus Day | Circa October 2007 #NotAnAutisticAlly

The Lowes Island Club in Potomac Falls, Va. played host to the Autism Speaks DC Golf Classic on Monday, October 8th. Golfers, including local sports and media personalities, celebrated Columbus Day on the golf course in a day of golf and goodwill that helped raise over $150,000.

[Celebrating Columbus Day??]

The exciting event, the first golf tournament for Autism Speaks in the DC area, began with a day of golf followed by an evening program that included dinner and a live and silent auction. The event was hosted by Gary Williams, Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at the University of Maryland. Johnny Holliday, the Maryland Terrapins’ play-by-play announcer, was the evening’s auctioneer. 

Event Host Coach Gary Williams, Auctioneer Johnny Holliday, Event Co-Chairs Bob Bodell, David Burruss and Committee Member Ann Gibbons

See highlights from the Autism Speaks DC Golf Classic

Celebrity players included Joe McKeown, Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at George Washington University; Jim Miklashevski, CNBC’s Pentagon Correspondant ; Former Broncos player Shawn Moore, Former NFL player Renaldo Nehemiah; and former Baltimore Orioles player BJ Surhoff.

The day’s events included a putting competition as well as numerous course contests. Special thanks to event co-chairs David Burruss and Bob Bodell as well as volunteer chair, Ann Gibbons. A special thank you is also due to all of our event sponsors and our generous in-kind donors .

2007 DC Golf Tournament Sponsors and In-Kind Donors

Fannie Mae

Freddie Mac
PMI Mortgage
Suzanne & Bob Wright 

Frankie’s Friends 

Bob Bodell
National City Mortgage

Ethridge, Quinn, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger Law Partnership
First American Title
Genworth Mortgage Insurance
Michael Myers
Republic Mortgage Insurance Company
Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
William and Melissa O’Rourke

39 Stars
A Friend of Philip Gibbons
Baker Hostetler
Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Barker
Boatman Geller
The Bodell Family 
Chris Madden Inc.
Chris Van Hollen, Member of Congress
Corinne & Co.
Gerard M. Carey
The Irving Family
Kitten with her Sticks
Monaco Chicago, A Kimpton Hotel
Nancy Terry, Sport & Health Company
The Palm Restaurant
PGA Village
Think Food Group
Tommy Bahama
Topaz Hotel, A Kimpton Hotel
University of Maryland Athletic Department
Victoria’s Secret
Washington Sports Club


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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