Archived | Autism Speaks: Celebs Put Their Foot Down for Autism Fundraiser | Circa April 19, 2007 #NotAnAutisticAlly

Celebs Put Their Foot Down for Autism Fundraiser 

Support Autism Awareness Month and bid on shirts with celebrity foot prints at from April 19 – April 30.

Designer and philanthropist Donald J Pliner is asking everyone he knows to take a step together to finding a cure for autism. Pliner has asked his celebrity friends and fans of his collection to literally put their foot down to help raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks. Each celebrity has placed his or her actual footprint on to a signed shirt to be auctioned off. Log onto to bid shirts designed by:

David Bisbal – Spanish music star
David Caruso – star of “CSI: Miami”
Emilio Estefan – music producer
Gloria Estefan – legendary recording artist
Rick Foxx – basketball player formerly with the LA Lakers
Brad Garrett – star of “’Til Death” and “Everybody Loves Raymond”
Jane Kaczmarek – star of “Malcolm In The Middle”
Michael Patrick King – executive producer “Sex and the City”
Justin Morneau – baseball player for the Minnesota Twins
Alonzo Mourning – basketball player for the Miami Heat
Orbie – celebrity hairstylist
Donald, Lisa and Star Pliner – Designer
Donald Trump – star of “The Apprentice”
Bradley Whitford – star of “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The West Wing”

The online auction ends on April 30. 
Share your good fortune, it’s easy!

Judith Ripka Autism Bracelet on Sale

Visit the Autism Speaks online store now to order your own autism awareness bracelet, just in time for autism awareness month and mother’s day. Award-winning jewelry designer Judith Ripka designed this limited edition sterling silver and 18-karat gold autism awareness bracelet exclusively for Autism Speaks.

The bracelets feature the Autism Speaks puzzle piece insignia and are available only at and at Judith Ripka retail stores. 100% of the proceeds of the bracelet sales go to Autism Speaks.


Upcoming AuctionsStay tuned for upcoming Clothes Off Our Back auctions benefiting the TS Alliance (celebrity handbags and ties) and Cure Autism Now (celebrity footprint t-shirts).  Continue to check the Web site for updates and sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about our auctions.

The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is the organization where celebrities donate their designer attire to benefit charity. There is no easier way to help support wonderful causes and own a part of Hollywood history.
(818) 753-2404

About Us

The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is a 501c3 organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today’s hottest celebrity attire.

Items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children’s charities. Clothes Off Our Back was founded by actors and philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm In The Middle”) and Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) whose efforts, along with their celebrity and designer friends have helped improve the lives of children across the globe.

Celebrity Influencers – #NotAnAutisticAlly


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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