Sonny Bailey started this petition to University of Cambridge and 1 other
The new study ‘Spectrum 10k‘ is being described as the largest study of autism in the UK and its aim is “to investigate factors that contribute to autism and related conditions to better understand wellbeing in autistic people.”
It states that it opposes a cure or any form of eugenics. Unfortunately, the organisers behind this study have direct links to organisations that advocate for cures and eugenics
For decades, the Autistic community has stood against this type of research, because it causes unnecessary harm and results in a lack of access, support, and understanding.
There is a link to some statistics which support the premise that the majority of us do not want a cure for autism: https://autisticnotweird.com/2018survey/
The aim is questionable at best, because this does not state how exactly it will make autistic people’s lives better. There is research out there being led by autistic people which make it clear what would make our lives better. This includes unemployment, social inclusion, healthcare, housing, education, community support and many more. Thus, research based on genetic and environmental factors does not provide a pathway to accessibility and inclusion.
The study asks for DNA samples. When mishandled this creates a situation in which data could fall into the wrong hands.
Future researchers given access to this data could use it for development of cures, pre-natal screening and harmful practices such as ABA.
The study has not consulted autistic people, but has instead been marketed towards parents of autistic people and professionals. The media has been silent about our concerns. Nothing about us without us.
Please sign the petition to show that you support autistic people and prevent this study from being released to the public.
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.