Scientific Advisory Board
Scientific and medical experts meet several times a year to review research proposals for Autism Speaks.
Melissa Down Begg, Sc.D.
W. Ted Brown, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G.
Jervis Clinic, N.Y.S. Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities
Tom Curran, Ph.D.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D.
UW Autism Center, University of Washington
Mony J. de Leon, Ed.D.
New York University Medical Center
Michael D. Gershon, M.D.
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
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
Susan L. Hyman, M.D.
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
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
Richard S. Nowakowski, Ph.D.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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
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
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.