Celebs Hit The Runway For Autism Speaks
October 4, 2016
More than 400 celebrities, designers, industry influencers and autism advocates attended Autism Speaks’ inaugural La Vie En BLUE Fashion Gala, which took place Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Warner Bros.
Studios’ back lot on the Brownstone Street. This Partisan-themed night of fashion and philanthropy was produced by Metropolitan Fashion Week with proceeds going to the Autism Speaks Southern California Chapter.
Hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and model Molly Sims, this star-studded fundraiser featured celebrities including Adrienne Bailon (The Real), Eve, Hilary Rhoda, Keltie Knight (The Insider) and Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day: Resurgence) strutting the runway in gorgeous blue evening gowns, which are now up for auction on 501auctions.com/lafashiongala. Children on the autism spectrum, varying from ages six to 13, modeled the latest fashions from GUESS Kids donated by the GUESS Foundation.
Highlighting the evening was an awards presentation to two champions of Autism Speaks’ mission – Untitled Entertainment talent manager Steven Grossman (who received the award from his client, The Real’s Jeannie Mai) and City National Bank’s SVP Harry Topping Jr. Both honorees have children on the autism spectrum and were honored for their exemplary leadership, longstanding support and generous commitment to Autism Speaks.
“Tonight we honored and highlighted the advocacy efforts of two amazing fathers, Harry Topping, Jr. and Steven Grossman, who both have sons with autism,” said Suzette Martinez, Executive Director of Autism Speaks Southern California. “Their journeys with autism, their search for answers and their passion to raise awareness about are equally inspirational.”
The fashion gala also included an exclusive performance from ZUMANITY by Cirque du Soleil, live music from DJ Pauly D and DJ Splyce and a live auction hosted by TV personality Matt Rogers (Home & Family). Also performing was teen Amanda Anderson, an aspiring opera singer with autism.
Among the stars who attended include Jeannie Mai (The Real), Aubrey O’Day (Celebrity Big Brother), Shenae Grimes (90210), Kristian Alfonso (Days of Our Lives), Joanna Krupa (Real Housewives of Miami), Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry), model/musician Josh Beech, Perez Hilton, Ashlan Gorse Costeau, and Antonio Jaramillo (Shades of Blue).
David Tupaz Couture, Dalia Macphee, Ron Tomson, Carl Andrada, Erick Bendana, Julie Danforth, Jhiovani Fasons, Usama Ishtay and Sivalia Couture were among the unique fashion and costume designers featured in the fashion show.
Stars that have lent their support to La Vie En BLUE’s honorary host committee include Christie Brinkley, Naomi Campbell, Molly Sims, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Rivers, NeNe Leakes, Kelly Rowland, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai.
La Vie En BLUE was generously sponsored by the Guess Foundation, City National Bank, CBRE, Paul Attanasio, Common Wealth Partners, Steelcase, Tangram, FX Networks, MK Rice, Gensler, Howard Building Co, Samsung Group, Coca-Cola Company, Two Faced Cosmetics, Urban Decay Cosmetics, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Big Sugar Bakeshop, Porto’s Bakery, Hidden Gardens Florist and The Los Angeles Kings. Entertainment Tonight, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety were media sponsors.
For more info about La Vie En BLUE, go to autismspeaks.org/lafashiongala.
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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.