Video | The 2007 Autism Hearing That Didn’t Include Autistics But Did Include Senator Tom Harkin, Autism Society of America and Autism Speaks, Pt. 1

Autism Speaks, Autism Society of America, Bradley Whitford, Tom Insel, Bob Wright, Marguerite Colston and other Autism organizations and influencers speak at the Autism Treatment and Research Hearing about controversial therapies in 2007.

Autistics weren’t included

There was a lot happening back in 2007. In the United States, the Combating Autism Act had just been signed in Dec. of 2006. Some months later there was a Senate hearing to talk about the funding needs of this act, and where that money should be allocated. 

This is where the Autism Wars go from ugly to OMFG. Not long after this hearing, an article is published about the Wright family having a falling out over their views on autism. This family fight affected every Autistic on the planet. It’s still affecting us today. More on that later. I’ll share about this in an upcoming wake. Bake. Caffeinate. Episode. 

At the hearing, Dr. Tom Insel talked about autism research initiatives the the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and various statistical analyses associated with research.

He was followed by a panel of parents who testified about their experiences with autistic children and treatments for the disease.

APRIL 17, 2007

Autism Treatment and Research

Witnesses testified about the prevalence of autism and policy implications for health care in the U.S. Among the topics they addressed were combating autism, available treatments, research into the disease, and coordinating a federal response to the problem. 

View Original Testimony Video :

In this clip: Senator Tom Harkin, Dr. Tom Insel (NIMH), Dr. Julie Gerberding (CDC), Marguerite Colston (Autism Society of America), Bradley Whitford (Actor and volunteer).

A Celebrity Influencer is included  to speak to the Senate. Still no Autistics here. Just that guy from “West Wing” and some very powerful parents and grandparents of an Autistic. 

Also: Discover Magazine is held up and spoke about by Senator Tom Harkin. The article he’s referring to is “Autism: It’s not just in the head.” The article is full of autism myth, conjecture, mistruths and controversial and dangerous ‘autism therapies.’ 

Marguerite Colston speaks to getting the article placed with the help of Dr. Martha Herbert. Bob Wright speaks to floating the publication, Discover Magazine, a month and purchasing all copies of the edition with the autism article. Bob Wright then distributed the copies through his networks. 

Perhaps a case of literally ‘buying the press?’ This case, however, influenced healthcare legislation that was crafted for Autistics without Autistics.


The Discover Magazine Article Bob Wright, Co-founder of Autism Speaks, Wanted The World To Read – So He Saved The Company, Bought Every Copy And Distributed Them Himself | #AutisticHistory 2007

Podcast | Wake. Bake. Caffeinate. Ep. 6: Celebrity Influencers & Autism Organizations That Spoke For Autistics In 2007 | Eve Reiland


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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