On Sunday, Oct. 14, over 24,000 people walked to show their support at the 8th Annual Long Island Walk Now for Autism at Jones Beach, raising over $1.8 million for Autism Speaks.
Hundreds of walk teams enjoyed the beautiful weather and activities, which included the walk’s first resource fair. The informative and well-attended fair included local autism organizations such as AHA/ Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, schools, and health institutions.
Jim Douglas from radio station KJOY served as Honorary Walk Chair and Emcee and kicked off the day’s events. Speakers who followed included Michael Giangregorio, chair of the Walk Executive Committee, State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. of Nassau County,
Craig Allen, Chief Meteorologist for WCBS – AM 880, May-Lynn Andresen from North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr. Also on hand was Cindy Wittels, captain of “Team Tyler W,” the top fundraising walk team in the nation last year.
Additionally, three local volunteers were recognized as “Pioneers”: Pat Schissel and Bernice Polinsky of AHA, and Tsila Blank of Eastern Suffolk BOCES.
Visit the Long Island walk page or go to the Walk Now for Autism site to find a walk in your area.
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 work. In 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.