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Surfers Paddle Around New York City for Autism Awareness 

Fifty surfers took to the waters around Manhattan on the morning of Monday, August 13, 2007, for Sea Paddle NYC, a fundraiser for autism awareness.

Spearheaded by Andrew Mencinsky, executive director of the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance, or SEA, weekend surf riders and pros alike embarked on a twenty eight mile journey from New York’s South Street Seaport and arrived at the North Cove Marina in a little under six hours.

This year’s SEA Paddle was the first ever surf paddle around the island of Manhattan and featured participants on traditional lay down surf boards as well as on stand up paddle boards. All money raised by this event will go to fund autism awareness and organizations that support autism awareness, including Autism Speaks. 

View highlights and remarks from Andrew Mencinsky, surf legend Gerry Lopez and paddle participants Justin Schwartz, and Mark Temme. Special thanks to “The Infamous Captain Reverb” Mike Graves and his surf rock band The Surfonics for use of their song “Boogie Board.”

SEA also hosted a gala fundraiser for SEA Paddle NYC on Saturday, August 11th in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey. For more on both events 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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