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NY Celebrity Golf Challenge Raises $1,200,000

Autism Speaks’ Ninth Annual NY Celebrity Golf Challenge
on June 18, 2007, raised $1,200,000 and brought out celebrities from the entertainment and sports world, including actor Richard Kind and Dateline NBC’s Stone Phillips

Held at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., the golfing event included a million-dollar shootout, as well as a dinner reception with an exciting silent and live auction, featuring faithful and tireless auctioneer, Mike Kenny. 

Also on hand to help raise funds for autism research, awareness and advocacy were actor Gregg BelloTheNFL on CBS‘ Play-by-Play Announcer Don Criqui; KansasDrummer and Manager Phil EhartBanfield & Ford: Courtside’s Co-anchor Jack Ford; Fox 5’s meteorologist Nick GregoryLate Show with David Letterman’s Announcer Alan Kalter; CNBC’s Squawk Box Co-Anchor Joe Kernen; former NFL cornerback Jeremy LincolnToday In New York’s Sports Anchor Otis Livingston; CNBC Business News’ Managing Editor Tyler Mathisen; musician and producer Brendan O’Brien; NY1’s The Call Host John Schiumo; former Giants and 49’ers quarterback Jesse Palmer; former pro golfer Dr. Travis Fox; and musician Tyrone Vaughan. 

2007 Winged Foot Golf Tournament Sponsors and In-Kind DonorsTOURNAMENT SPONSORS($50,000)
Lehman Brothers
Patricia & Brian Kelly 
Suzanne & Bob Wright 

MKP Capital Management, LLC

HSBC Global Markets

Carlyle Blue Wave
Ellington Management Group, LLC
New York Land Services, A Land America Company
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

PRIZE SPONSOR ($25,000) 
Rock Ridge Advisors

Dani & Ted Virtue
Disney and ESPN Media Networks 

Graham Capital 

Marquis Jet Partners
New Country Motor Cars
Subaru Distributors Corp.
Westchester BMW

Morgan Stanley

Astoria Graphics
Bank of America 
Bear Stearns & Co. Fixed Income Division
Cassin Cassin & Joseph LLP
Columbia Presbyterian Neurosurgery
De Novo Legal
Deutsche Bank
Fairfield Metro Center, A Blackrock Realty LLC Enterprise
Hess Energy Trading Company
Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners
Lydian Asset Management 
Options Group
Ospraie Management, L.P
Plaza Linen Service 
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Property Solutions
RBS Greenwich
Ryan Partnership 
The Bernstein Company 
The Broder Family 
Univision Communications, Inc.
John Doscas 
Pat Flately

American Commodities Brokerage Company Bear Stearns 
Ameriprise Financial
Countrywide Capital Markets
GE Commercial Finance
Raymond R. Konopka Jr. Foundation
Rye Partners
Sontag Advisors
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP
Doug Dunnan & Tim O’Neil

G-K Development Co. Inc.
J.W. Seligman & Co. Incorporated
Bill Epifanio
Jeff Gerson
Rob Holmes
Bill Mangan
Mark T. Mayo
Phil Moran 
Andy Saines

FRIENDS ($500 – $10,000)
Deutsche Bank
Hickory & Tweed
The Andrew M. Paul Family Foundation
Scott Gerber
Ellen & Joseph Kaidonow
Eric Keiter
Neal B. Leonard
Janine & Michael Smith
Deborah & James Walker
Lisa & Mark Walsh 

Alease Fisher Designs
Arico Foods
Rob Arzano
Borghese, Inc.
Bradford Renaissance Portraits
Castle on the Hudson
Clarins Paris
Davidoff USA
Vanessa and Matt Diserio
Faux Glow
Don Felder
Andy and Melissa Fisher
Golf Magazine
Ian Londin Photography
Jacquins/Pravda Vodka
Jim Dawson and Associates, Inc.
Judith Ripka
Kramer Portraits
Laser Cosmetica
Lash Extensions by René
Letarte Swimwear
Me&Ro Jewelry 
Metin Bereketli
Molly Pitcher Inn
Kevin Murray
NBC Universal
Niche Media LLC.
NY1 News
Park Avenue Medical Spa
PeakVision Sports
Performance Flight NY
Richard Rovsek
S.A. Chrobak LTD Photographic Artists
Saratoga Spring Water Company
Chuck Scarborough
Sheila Kelley’s S Factor
Swing Juice
Tarte Cosmetics
Techno Source
Trina Turk
United States Tennis Association
Dani Virtue


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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