A message from Bob Wright, Co-founder
Welcome to Autism Speaks, a new organization devoted to educating the public about autism, facilitating and funding research, motivating private and governmental resources, and, ultimately, helping to find a cure for autism.
The nation’s fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, autism now affects 1 in 166 children in the United States, up more than tenfold from just a decade ago. It is a baffling, frustrating disability, which often renders individuals unable to communicate. Although significant progress has been made in recent years in our understanding of autism, neurological disorders are complex and we have much to learn. Still, I am confident that research will continue to unlock autismís secrets and lead us to more effective treatments and therapy and, ultimately, to a cure. Itís a challenging mission, and—as parents of autistic children know—time is of the essence. We need your help, and I hope you will join us.
The autism community is active, highly motivated, and full of dedicated people involved in a number of effective advocacy organizations. Do we really need a new national fundraising effort?
If my family ís experience is typical, then I think we do. Last March, our then-2-year-old grandson was diagnosed with autism. We responded by immersing ourselves in the literature, consulting with experts, and gathering as much information as we could. What we discovered was discouraging. We had so many questions. And instead of answers, we found a bewildering array of theories and guesses.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to helping families find answers—through funding research and education efforts and, most significantly, by spearheading the development of a national registry of autism patients. The lack of such a registry makes research all the more difficult and costly. We are committed to assembling a significant central database of children with autism that will provide, for the first time, the standardized medical records that researchers need to conduct accurate clinical trials. We believe this will facilitate the large-scale studies and clinical trials that will improve the effectiveness of treatment and eventually help lead us to a cure.
Autism is a destructive and vexing puzzle. You can join us in our efforts to solve it right now. You can join us in this effort right now. Click Getting Involved to donate or sign up for our newsletter.
And, please, visit us often. The Autism Speaks website aims to be a vital resource for anyone seeking information about autism.
Autism Speaks. It’s time to listen.
Bob Wright and his wife, Suzanne, are co-founders of the Autism Speaks. Bob is vice chairman of GE and chairman and CEO of NBC Universal, one of the nationís leading media companies.
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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.