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St. Louis Kick-off Attracts over 420 Attendees

Over 420 guests attended the “Celebrate the Differences” kick-off event in St. Louis on August 17, 2007. Guy Phillips, a Y98 FM radio personality, emceed the event and kept the crowd engaged.

The program included speeches by Peter Bell, executive vice president of programs and services for Autism Speaks, and Richard Brown, national director of leadership giving. Dr. Patti LaVesser of Washington University presented details on current autism research.

Eleven year old Rachel Gotsch read her award-winning essay about her cousin with autism and received a $200 saving bond from Vantage.

Dr. Dorothea Mostello, mother of Michael Johnson, a nonverbal boy with autism, read a poem that he wrote. Both Dr. Mostello and Rachel were recognized with standing ovations. Finally, St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Russ Springer, sent a message via video to all of the parents in the crowd.

The 2007 walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2007 in Forest Park. Visit the St. Louis Walk site or visit the Walk Now for Autism site to find a walk in your area.

Michael Johnson receives a standing ovation for his poem, read by his mother, Dr. Dorothea MostelloAutism Speaks EVP of Programs and Services Peter Bell addressed the crowd.


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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