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Research Funded: 2003 Mentor-Based Fellowships

In 2003, NAAR budgeted an unprecedented $1 million to fund pre- and post-doctoral mentor-based fellowships to attract the best and brightest young minds to focus their talents on autism research.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

Centre for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics, Vancouver, British Columbia
Mentor: Elizabeth Simpson, Ph.D.
Fellow: K.Y. Bibiana Wong
Mouse Models of Autism: Behavior and Genetics

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Mentor: James Sutcliffe, Ph.D.
Fellow: Jacob McCauley
Genetic Analysis of Serotonergic and GABA-ergic Genes in Autism

University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Mentor: Alice Carter, Ph.D.
Fellow: Chantal Jennifer Kuhn
The Impact of Parental Autism-related Cognitions on Interventions

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Mentor: Craig Newschaffer, Ph.D.
Fellow: Keely Cheslack-Postava
Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Universidad Miguel Hernandez, San Juan de Alicante, Spain
Mentor: Jorge J. Prieto, M.D., Ph.D.
Fellow: Edith Lopez Hurtado
Immuncytochemical and Morphometrical Analysis of Double Bouquet Cells Microcircuitry in the Cerebral Cortex of Autistic Patients

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Mentor: Samuel Wang, Ph.D.
Fellow: Megan Sullivan
Multiphoton Investigation of Sensory Encoding in the Mammalian Cerebellum


Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
Mentor: Simon Baron-Cohen, Ph.D.
Fellow: Christopher D. Ashwin, Ph.D.
Social Emotional Processing

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Mentor: Jeffrey Hutsler, Ph.D.
Fellow: Hong Zhang, Ph.D.
Quantitative Neuroanatomical Training: New Methods to Reveal Structural Changes in the Cortex of Individuals with Autism

The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London, England
Mentor: Francesca Happe, Ph.D.
Fellow: Aparna Nadig, Ph.D.
A Language Processing View of Pragmatic Impairments in Autism Spectrum Disorders

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ
Mentor: Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, M.D.
Fellow: Russell Simmons, M.D.
Neurodevelopmental Origins of Autism Brain Abnormalities

Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Mentor: Paul Bloom, Ph.D.
Fellow: Melissa Allen Preissler, Ph.D.
Symbolic Understanding in Children with Autism

Columbia University – College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
Mentor: Carol Mason, Ph.D.
Fellow: Phillip Buttery, Ph.D.
Regulation of the Purkinje Cell, Dendritic Growth, Spine Formation and Synaptogenesis

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Mentor: Wendy Stone, Ph.D.
Fellow: Lynette M. Henderson, Ph.D.
Developing a Downward Extension of the STAT



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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