Archived | Autism Speaks: Research Funded: 2006 (June & December) | #AutisticHistory #NotAnAutisticAlly


Research Funded: 2006 (June)

63 projects Funded in Three Separate Categories

Autism Speaks funded 63 new biomedical research projects at a total value of over $6.9 million in June 2006.

The awards cover a broad spectrum of autism sciences, including cognitive/motor processing, diagnosis, epidemiology, genetics, language and communication, neurobiology (including molecular biology and immunology), neuroimaging, neuropathology and treatment.

Three categories of grants were funded: 

  • Autism Speaks Pilot Grant Awards in Autism Research” was allocated $5.6 million to support 50 projects
  • Research Grants in Autism, administered by the Dana Foundation” was awarded $1.2 million in total to support 12 projects
  • A special joint endeavor with the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) entitled “Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Among Children in India” was awarded $100,000, to be matched by an additional $400,000 from other sources

All grant applications were reviewed and approved by the Autism Speaks 13-member Scientific Advisory Board. Final recommendations were presented to and approved by the Autism Speaks Board of Directors on June 13, 2006.


Research Funded: 2006 (December)

61 Projects Funded in Three Separate Categories

Autism Speaks funded 61 new biomedical research projects at a total value of approximately $10 million in December 2006.

The awards covered a broad spectrum of autism sciences, including cognitive/motor processing, diagnosis, epidemiology, genetics, language and communication, neurobiology, neuroimaging, immunology, neuropathology and treatment. 

Three categories of grants were funded: 

  • The “Autism Speaks Mentor-based Fellowship Awards in Autism Research” category was allocated $2,996,000 to support 43 training programs
  • The “Augmentation and Bridge Awards” category was allocated $897,572 in total to support 11 projects
  • The “Awards in Response to the Early Treatment & Intervention RFA” category was allocated $6,103,057 to support 7 projects (click here for more)

All grant applications were reviewed and approved by the Autism Speaks Scientific Advisory Board together with a group of panel reviewers. Final recommendations were presented to and approved by the Autism Speaks Board of Directors on Dec. 7, 2006. 




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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