Stars Join 6th Annual Autism Speaks Chip In Celebrity Poker Tournament
August 17, 2018
Autism Speaks is hosting their 6th Annual Chip In Celebrity Poker Tournament on Saturday, August 18th at Hudson Loft in Downtown Los Angeles.
This lively evening of poker and philanthropy will be hosted by Jeff Michael, Co-Anchor of CB2 News This Morning, and will bring together a diverse group of celebrities including: RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad”), Ed Begley Jr. (“Whatever Works”), Fred Melamed (“Lady Dynamite”, “Casual”), Patrika Darbo (“Days of Our Lives”), Sean Kanan (“Bold and the Beautiful”), Brandon Black (“Dear White People”, “13 Reasons Why”), M.J. Dougherty (“Life Lessons from a Total Failure”), Elizabeth J. Carlisle (“House”, “How I Met Your Mother”), Erin Murphy (“Bewitched”), Massi Furlan (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”), Monty Geer (“Awkward”), Ty Olsson (“X-Men 2”), Niko Pepaj (Daytime Divas), Michael Patrick Lane (“Dynasty”), Lea Coco (“Queen Sugar”), William Marquart (Subject 5″), Michael Dargatis (“Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Katy Bodenhamer (“The Office”) and more celebrity guests to be announced all supporting Autism Speaks in its mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.
Proceeds from this tournament will go toward Autism Speaks’ efforts to advance research, increase early childhood screening and interventions, and improve the transition to adulthood.
The evening will begin with craft cocktails, gourmet food from downtown eateries, and networking with celebrities and high profile guests. Guests will be able to participate in a competitive Texas Hold’em Poker tournament as well as an exciting silent and live auction.
“By bringing together a variety of celebrity supporters and event attendees, this unique tournament creates a hip atmosphere for poker play and Hollywood-style mingling, while raising much needed funds and enhancing autism awareness for the 1 in 59 affected in our community” – says Kristen Mays this year’s Event Chair.
Sponsors for this year include Environmental Contracting Corp., Newmark Knight Frank, Haworth, O’Bryant Electric, M3 Office Inc., Howard Building Corporation, Sharpe Interior Systems, Pivot Interiors, Turelk, TekWorks, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Perricone Farms, Tito’s Handmade Vodka. This year’s media sponsors are Los Angeles Magazine and Average Socialite.
Tickets to the event begin at $100 to attend and spectate and $250 to participate in the Tournament, sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more, visit: www.autismspeaks.org/celebritypoker.
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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.