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“Desperate Housewives” Stars Raise Money and Awareness for Autism 

On Saturday, August 11th, stars of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” attended “James Denton Bobblehead Night” at Goodwin Field, in Fullerton, Calif, where fans received Bobblehead dolls with the actor’s likeness. The event, organized by the James Denton fan club, took place at an Orange County Flyers (a minor league baseball team in Southern California) game, and raised over $9,000 for Autism Speaks. More than $8,000 was raised in ticket sales, and Downey Savings presented a $1,000 check to Autism Speaks’ Event Manager Anna Heimbuch.

“Desperate Housewives’ stars James Denton and Teri Hatcher throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

James Denton, a long-time supporter of Cure Autism Now, and part-owner of the Orange County Flyers, wanted to use the opportunity to raise funds for Autism Speaks.

More than 75 people purchased tickets to sit in the luxury box at Goodwin Field. Fans enjoyed the game while spending time with Denton, and spreading awareness for Autism Speaks.

Denton’s “Desperate Housewives” co-star Teri Hatcher was on hand to throw out the first pitch, and Marc Cherry, the creator of “Desperate Housewives,” joined supporters in the luxury box.

The event was organized by Sandi Lois Keefe (James’ Fan Club and Website Manager), who made this a special evening for all involved. Orange County Autism Speaks volunteers Diane Vitto, Lauren Christ, and Carolyn Christ attended the event and promoted the Orange County Walk Now for Autism. For more, visit


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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