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Developing a Great IEP, with Gary Mayerson

Developing a Great IEP, with Gary Mayerson, the latest in Autism Speaks’ instructional video series, is now available at The free 12- minute video provides important information for parents who are encountering the IEP process for the first time, as well as tips for parents who have been through the process before.

Developing a Great IEP, 
with Gary Mayerson, 
(Windows Media Video, ~12 minutes)

Gary Mayerson is the founder of Mayerson & Associates, the first and only law practice in the nation dedicated to representing children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

Mayerson & Associates attorneys have worked with hundreds of families in 30 states, and are responsible for a number of important federal court decisions shaping the way the courts look at autism and autism interventions and supports. One of those cases, ZacharyDeal v.Hamilton County, was the very first “autism” case to ever reach the United States Supreme Court. 

Gary has testified before Congress on the subject of the federal IDEA statute and is the author of How To Compromise With Your School District Without Compromising Your Child—A Field Guide for Getting Effective Services for Children With Special Needs.

Gary is an active Autism Speaks board member and directs the activities of the Autism Speaks Federal Legal Appeals Project (FLAP), a nationwide pro bono initiative at the federal level.

Most recently, Gary and a team of attorneys from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld filed an amicus brief on behalf of Autism Speaks before the United States Supreme Court in Board of Education v. Tom F.

View the 12 minute video:

Developing an IEP, with Gary Mayerson

Click the links below for answers to specific questions:

Why do we have an IEP meeting?

What happens at an IEP meeting?

What can parents expect at an IEP meeting?

What are some things a parent should do to prepare for an IEP meeting?

How can a parent convince a school district to provide appropriate services?

What are some things a parent should NOT do at an IEP meeting?

What if the parent and the school district do not agree on what is best for the child?

What advice do you have for parents going to their first IEP meeting?

Why do some school districts spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to avoid having to spend fifty thousand dollars on a child’s placement?

What are your rights as a parent & what are the child’s rights?

If parents are happy with their child’s placement, do they need to have an IEP meeting every year?


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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