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Autism Speaks in the Top 25 for American Express: The Members Project
Cast your vote for “A Cure for Autism”

“A Cure for Autism” is one of the top 25 semifinalists in American Express’s Members Project, which aims to unite American Express card members behind one cause. Autism Speaks is the “Fulfilling Organization” for the project, which was submitted by the mother of nine-year-old twin boys with autism. American Express will contribute $1 to the winning project for each card member who registers on the project’s website, up to $5 million. 

Join American Express cardholders to cast your vote for “A Cure for Autism”. You can vote for one project per voting elimination round (round 1: Top 50 to Top 25, round 2: Top 25 to Top 5, round 3: Top 5 to Winning idea). Your vote, along with the votes of all participating card members, will ultimately determine the winning idea, to be announced on August 7th.

Cast your vote for this round, prior to 11:50PM EST on July 22. You need to vote each and every round for this worthy project to win!

Vote here for “A Cure for Autism” and Autism Speaks.

A Cure for Autism

Health & Fitness

Project ID: 00050
Date Posted: 7/23
Supporting Organization

Autism Speaks

Project Description:
Today, one in 150 children are diagnosed with Autism. 1 in 90 boys alone. There isn’t a cure and there is a debate on what causes Autism. There is also a lot of negativity directed at children and adults with Autism. I have a few things I would like to have happen in my project. I would like there to be a program to make people more aware of Autism and it’s different forms. I would like to have programs in the schools to show that children with Autism are not contagious and want to learn, have fun and be your friend. I want to give money to an organization that has a huge interest on finding out the root cause of Autism and it’s cure. Whether this is the project that is chosen through American Express or not, these are my goals. Thank you.

More Information:

Date Posted: 7/18
I wanted to let everyone know that with the fantastic response from the Members Project, it has been difficult getting everything on-line. I have wonderful pictures and other media hopefully on today. Please return so you can see these fantastic children with Autism that need your help. Thank you for your support!

Date Posted: 7/11

Leukemia: Affects 1 in 25,000 / Funding: $310 million

Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 20,000 / Funding: $175 million

Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 8,000 / Funding: $394 million

Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $130 million

Autism: Affects 1 in 150 / Funding: $15 million

Date Posted: 7/11

1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism 1 in 94 boys is on the autism spectrum 67 children are diagnosed per day A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. Autism costs the nation over $90 billion per year, a figure expected to double in the next decade Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism There is no medical detection or cure for autism


About Me:

I am a mom of Autistic Twins. I have given up my career to ensure that my 9 year old boys get the best possible care and therapy to make sure they have the best life possible. Through all of this, I am on the board of The Learning Disabilities Association of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, I am a Trustee for the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association and involved in a Special Mom’s Group. I have turned my passions to help raise money to raise awareness of Autism, help families who need resources for therapies and doctors and to find a cure for Autism. How do I deal with it all? I do everything I can during the week. On Friday nights, I cry to realease the stress and then I start all over again.

This is a link to Autism Speaks’ website, explaining what autism is and also links to FAQs.:

This tells about autism’s prevalence, and how severely underfunded it is, as a health issue.:

Hear From The Fulfilling Organization

At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

* 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.”

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle. Autism Speaks. It’s time to listen.


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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