2007 Immunology Workshop
Recently there has been increasing evidence for involvement of the immune system in autism. Piecemeal evidence over the past 30 years suggests dysregulation of the peripheral immune system in autism, and recent results highlight neuroinflammation in the central nervous system.
There is also emerging evidence from animal studies that illustrates how the immune system can influence behaviors related to autism. Therefore, it is a key point in time to consider how these findings may be relevant for autism, not only for guiding research directions but also for potential treatments.
Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks jointly sponsored a Workshop on Autism and Immunology in January 2007 (Pasadena, CA). This was the first workshop of its kind. The research meeting brought together a small group of eminent scientists to discuss the potential role of the immune system in autism and to project the needs for research in the field. The primary goals of the Workshop were to evaluate the state of knowledge about the potential role of immunological factors in the pathogenesis of autism, and to outline critical areas of future research that can both clarify the relationship of such factors to autism and investigate their potential relevance for therapeutic interventions.
The twenty six participants represented a wide range of expertise, including immunology, developmental neurobiology, pathology, auto-immune and gastro-intestinal diseases, epidemiology and clinical studies of autism.
By having invited workshop participants from both within as well as from outside autism, the intent was to now extend awareness and investigation of potential immunological issues to beyond the autism research community.
(Sponsored by a generation donation from Mr. Peter Emch)
For more details, see the summary article in our Science News section of the Web site.
To read abstracts of current and past CAN-funded grants that are related to the role of the immune system in autism, please click here. (not available)
For independent coverage of the Autism and Immunology Workshop by the Dana Press in its “Immunology in the News” publication, please click here.
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.