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Get Your Hands On Celebrity Gold Bunnies For Autism Charity

March 12, 2012

In celebration of the Lindt Gold Bunny, the bunny that gives back, premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt is kicking off Easter one month early with the 2012 Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction.

During the weekend, autism advocate Holly Robinson-Peete joined representatives from Lindt and Autism Speaks in New York to officially open the bidding and to honor the 60th anniversary of this iconic product.

Through March 18, 2012, fans will be able to bid on any of the 75 celebrity-autographed, porcelain Lindt Gold Bunny figures by visiting – with 100 percent of auction proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks.

“It is an honor to help launch the Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction,” said Peete. “As the parent of a child with autism, I’ve dedicated my life to helping families navigate the journey through autism and erase the stigma of the disorder. Giving friends and family a Lindt Gold Bunny is just another fun and impactful way to make a difference.”

Also teaming up with Lindt and Peete for the auction, which will run from March 8 – March 18, 2012 on, are 75 celebrities who have lent their signatures to raise funds for the cause, including Harrison FordLance ArmstrongKatherine HeiglCarrie Ann InabaKristin ChenowethBrooke BurkeMario BataliToni BraxtonKenny ChesneyLauren ConradBilly CrystalRoger FedererFergieBetty WhiteCarrie UnderwoodTim TebowDonald TrumpBarbra StreisandMartha StewartPaul SimonGordon RamsayAl RokerJoan RiversSarah Jessica ParkerJennifer GarnerRicky GervaisTony HawkHugh HefnerDavid Letterman and many more.

“We at Lindt USA are honored to partner with Holly Robinson Peete to kick off the Easter season with the 2012 LINDT GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction and to celebrate the 60th anniversary of LINDT GOLD BUNNY,” said Thomas Linemayr, president and CEO of Lindt USA. “We are inspired by her dedication to the autism cause and are grateful for the support from the 75 celebrities participating in this year’s auction.”

The LINDT GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction is just one way Lindt is commemorating the 60th anniversary of its iconic product.

Lindt will support Autism Speaks again this Easter with a 10 cent donation from all LINDT GOLD BUNNY purchases, a $2 donation from all Lindt Easter basket purchases, and a $1 donation for every free e-card sent from New in 2012, Lindt will also donate up to $10,000 for consumers who use Pinterest to express their Easter traditions.

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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 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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