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Research Funded: 2002 Collaborative Programs (NAAR)

Identifying Early Markers of Autism: A Study of Infant Siblings 


Commonly known as the “Baby Sibs Study,NAAR first funded this project in 1997 and transformed into an extensive, multi-site project in 2001.

In 2002, NAAR invested an additional $100,000 into this project, which is designed to better identify early signs of autism and develop more targeted interventions for younger children.


Autism Tissue Program: Medical Examiners Program 


NAAR committed $140,000 in 2002 to launch a new component to the Autism Tissue Program that partners with Medical Examiner’s Offices throughout the country to help acquire more post-mortem tissue for autism research.

NAAR played a key role establishing the Autism Tissue Program in 1998.


Exploring the Genetic Roots of Autism 


David Skuse, M.D., Ph.D. – Institute of Child Health, London, England
Eric Lander, Ph.D. – Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research (MIT), Cambridge, MA
Award Amont: $480,400


This collaborative project explores the genetic roots of autism, which focuses on a common phenotype expressed by people with Turner Syndrome and autism.



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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