Archived | “Team Autism Speaks” Runs NYC Marathon Fifty-five Runners Complete Race, Raise over $190,000 | Circa November 4, 2007 #NotAnAutisticAlly

“Team Autism Speaks” Runs NYC Marathon
Fifty-five Runners Complete Race, Raise over $190,000

On Sunday, November 4, 55 runners from 13 states and Canada competed in the ING NYC Marathon 2007 as part of “Team Autism Speaks,” raising over $190,000 for Autism Speaks. The entire group, which included two husband-and-wife teams and one brother-sister team, finished the race, with some runners beating their personal best times. 

On Saturday night, the team held a pre-race pasta dinner at Tony Di Napoli’s for the runners and their families. Autism Speaks president Mark Roithmayr joined the group to provide encouragement and to thank the runners. On Sunday, Team Autism Speaks arrived at the starting line in style in a chartered bus and was cheered along the route through all five boroughs by Autism Speaks supporters.

Autism Speaks was one of 22 charity partners selected to participate in the ING NYC Marathon 2007. This is the second year that the Marathon worked with local charities in addition to the event’s two official charity partners and the first year that Autism Speaks applied and was selected for entry positions. 

Among the runners were two Autism Speaks staff members Jena Greco, NYC/Northern N.J. walk manager, Matt Moline of the IT department in Los Angeles, as well as Evan Farmer, from TLC’sWhile You Were Out.”

To learn more or to donate visit (online giving is open through December 13, 2007).


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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