Auction of Rare Corvette Raises $121,000 for Autism Speaks
A rare Corvette Z06, donated by General Motors, raised $121,000 for Autism Speaks this past weekend at the 2007 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction. Car collector John O’Quinn of Houston, Texas, was the winning bidder, with a final bid of $110,000. The final amount of the donation includes a 10% buyers premium.
On hand to assist with the auction were actor Anthony Edwards (formerly of NBC’s “ER”) and Autism Speaks Executive Committee Member and Cure Autism Now founder Jon Shestack, who spoke to the audience about Autism Speaks’ and its mission.
The rare Arctic White Corvette Z06, donated by General Motors
The Corvette Z06 is the first signed special edition in Corvette’s 54-year history, and is the first Arctic White Z06 ever offered. Only 399 of these vehicles were produced: approximately 300 for the United States, 33 for Canada and 66 for other export markets. Number 399, the last of the limited series, features American Le Mans Series GT1 Driving Champion Ron Fellows’ autograph in the console, dated January 23, 2007 while the car was still on the assembly line. Ron Fellows was on hand for the auction in Monterey. For more on the car, visit the RM Auctions site.
Thanks to General Motors and thanks also to Ron Myers and Ian Kellaher of RM Auctions.
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.