Archived | Autism Speaks: Wrights Visit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Circa May 10, 2007 #NotAnAutisticAlly

Photo: Bob and Suzanne Wright with Dr. James Watson stand in front of a red backdrop with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory logos printed on it. The photos is from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Inauguration in 2006.

Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright visited the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York on May 10 to review the latest autism research with Nobel Prize Winner Dr. James Watson.

Watson, together with Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA in the 1950’s and found that the double helix could “unzip” to make copies of itself — confirming suspicions that DNA carried life’s hereditary information.

The Wrights and the team of scientists at Cold Spring Harbor reviewed the processes by which new cancer treatments were discovered by uncovering the underlying genetic mechanism, and discussed how such techniques might be applied to autism.

People in attendance: Dr. Michael Wigler, Dr. Tony Zador, Dr. Alea Mills, Dr. Jonathan Sebat, Suzanne Wright, Bob Wright, Dr. Jim Watson, Dr. Bruce Stillman.



Note/Warning:

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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