Archived | Autism Speaks: Science Advisory Board | Circa 2007 #AutisticHistory #NotAnAutisticAlly

Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific and medical experts meet several times a year to review research proposals for Autism Speaks. 

David Amaral, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis M.I.N.D. Institute

George Anderson, Ph.D.
Yale Child Center, Yale University

David S. Baskin, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Methodist Neurological Institute

Margaret Bauman, M.D.
LADDERS, Massachusetts General Hospital

Ralph Bradshaw, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine

Melissa Down Begg, Sc.D.
Columbia University 

W. Ted Brown, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G.
Jervis Clinic, N.Y.S. Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities

Verne S. Caviness, Jr., M.D., D. Phil.
Massachusetts General Hospital

Diane Chugani, Ph.D.
Wayne State University

Joseph T. Coyle, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Tom Curran, Ph.D.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Stephen R. Dager, M.D.
University of Washington

Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D.
UW Autism Center, University of Washington

Mony J. de Leon, Ed.D.
New York University Medical Center

Martha Bridge Denckla, M.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, M.D.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Salvatore J. Enna, Ph.D.
University of Kansas Medical Center

Michael D. Gershon, M.D.
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dan Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.
Reed Neurological Research Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Daniel Goldowitz, Ph.D.
UT Research Center of Excellence in Genomics and Bioinformatics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

William T. Greenough, Ph.D.
Beckman Institute, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

James F. Gusella, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School

Susan L. Hyman, M.D.
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Barry Jacobs, Ph.D.
Princeton University

Pat Levitt, Ph.D.
John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Kathleen A. Mahon, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

John Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D.
Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, Neuropsychiatric Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Nancy J. Minshew, M.D.
NICHD Collaborative Program of Excellence in Autism (CPEA), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Eric J. Nestler, MD, Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwester Medical Center at Dallas

Richard S. Nowakowski, Ph.D.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Paul Patterson, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology

Pasko Rakic, MD, Sc.D.
Yale University Medical School

John Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California at San Francisco

Robert Schultz, Ph.D.
Yale University Child Study Center

Sangram S. Sisodia, Ph.D.
The Center for Molecular Neurobiology, The University of Chicago

Matthew State, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine

Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Peter Whybrow, M.D.
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA

James T. Winslow, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health

Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, M.D.
Centers for Disease Control


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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