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Autism Society Now Accepting Donations through Amazon Payments
The Autism Society is excited to announce that beginning this week we will be accepting Amazon Payments just in time for holiday giving, making it just as easy to donate as it is to shop on Amazon. The nation’s leading grassroots autism organization now allows Amazon customers to make donations quickly and securely using information from their Amazon.com account. Read more …
Autism Society Launches New State Resource Pages
The Autism Society has launched a new tool that makes it easier for those affected by autism to find local resources in their area. Read more …
Ride for Autism Saturday!
The Thunder will roll this weekend with Ticket to Ride! Come ride for autismwith Lex and Terry’s Ticket to Ride for Autism, in Dallas this Saturday, October 24! We’ll also be riding again November 15 from Orlando to Tampa, and in May 2010 in Jacksonville. Register at http://www.lexandterrytickettoride.org/ and start fundraising today! VIPs will ride with Philadelphia pitcher Brett Meyer in Florida in November.
Next Sensory Friendly Film November 21
Don’t miss the next Sensory Friendly Film, Planet 51, November 21 at 10 a.m. local time. Planet 51, an animated movie, is the story of an American astronaut who lands on a new planet to find that it is already inhabited by another species – one that is very afraid of alien invaders! Find a participating theatre near you at www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms.
IACC Full Committee Meeting
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) will be holding a Full Committee Meeting on Friday, October 23, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET at the William H. Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus, in Bethesda, MD. Read more …
Call Your Senators about Health-Care Reform and Autism!
On October 13, the Senate Committee on Finance reported its health-care reform bill to the Senate. Before the full Senate votes, the Finance Committee bill must be merged with the health-care reform bill approved this summer by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). Read more …
Genome-Wide Study of Autism Published in Nature
In one of the first studies of its kind, an international team of researchers has uncovered a single-letter change in the genetic code that is associated with autism. The finding, published in the October 8 issue of the journal Nature, implicates a neuronal gene not previously tied to the disorder and, more broadly, underscores a role for common DNA variation. In addition, the new research highlights two other regions of the genome, which are likely to contain rare genetic differences that may also influence autism risk. Read more …
Autism Competencies for Educators Now Available Online
This summer, we announced the publication of professional competencies for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders. These competencies are now available online at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Web site. Read more …
Free Online Courses for EducatorsTexas’ Region XIII Education Service Center is now offering several free online courses for autism educators. Read more …
Anne Arundel County Public Schools Increases Availability of Building Bridges
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, in Maryland (AACPS), is pleased to announce that they have established a “store front” on their website for those wishing to purchase Building Bridges- A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Supporting Students with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism in the Classroom. Read more …
Save the Date for the 2010 Autism Society Conference
Save the date! The Autism Society’s 2010 Conference will be in Dallas, Texas, July 7-10. The Call for Papers will open next week. We look forward to receiving your submissions!
Exhibitor information for our 2010 conference is now available on the conference Web site: www.autism-society.org/conference.
Recordings of the Autism Society 2009 Conference sessions are now available.
To order, please go to the conference Web site: www.autism-society.org/conference.
A sampling of conference videos is also posted on YouTube, including the keynote panel discussions on the future and culture of autism. Check them out at www.youtube.com/TheAutismSociety.
Fall Workshops Address Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges in Autism
Back for the fifth year, this series of workshops is designed to teach strategies to cope with some of the difficult issues faced by people of any age with autism. The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio will provide an opportunity for people in Northwest Ohio to see nationally known, published authors, researchers and experts in the autism field. Read more
…Advancements in Autism Award and Symposium
The first Advancements in Autism Award and Symposium will be held October 29 at the Sheraton Suites, 1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Presented by the Ardmore Foundation, this conference will offer three tracks of workshops that target transitioning; maximizing educational, family and community supports; and behavior approaches and interventions. Read more …
Assistive Technology Industry Association 2009 Conference
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is offering parents, teachers, therapists and end-users of assistive technology to join them at the ATIA Chicago 2009 Conference with free entrance during specific hours. Read more …
Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Works and Why?
TV Teacher Donates DVDs to Families at Chapter SeminarThe TV Teacher, LLC™, in conjunction with the Autism Society Greater Georgia Chapter, surprised many parents this fall at the chapter’s “Autism101” seminar by donating hundreds of dollars worth of the award-winning handwriting program, Alphabet Beats™. Read more …
Children with Autism Use Alternative Keyboard to Communicate
Those affected by autism often struggle with communication. While a personal computer can help, the distraction and complexity of a keyboard can be an insurmountable obstacle. Using a unique keyboard with only two “keys” and a novel curriculum, teachers with Project Blue Skies are giving children with autism the ability to both communicate and explore the online world. Read more …
Ears of Experience Specializes in Planning Disney® Vacations for Families with Special-Needs Children
Successfully vacationing with a family member with special needs usually requires planning ahead down to the last detail. Ears of Experience is a family-owned and -run Disney® travel booking company that offers their services in helping special families plan their trip for no extra cost. Read more …
Monthly Contest for Best Autism Job StoryJobs4Autism.com is a Web site for sharing autism-related job stories. Each month, they are giving the author of the best autism job story posting a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Read more …
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 work. In 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.