Archived | Autism Speaks: A Message From Bernie Marcus | Circa February 2005 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

Screenshot of Autism Speaks February 2005 with message from Bernie Marcus. Full text below.

Bernie Marcus is the co-founder of The Home Depot, Inc., and chairman of the board of The Marcus Foundation.

In 1991, he and his wife Billi established The Marcus Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, which provides programs for children and adolescents with disorders of the brain and their families. He has contributed $25 million to the Autism Speaks. 

In 1991, my wife, Billi, and I established the Marcus Institute, which provides programs for children and adolescents with disorders of the brain and their families. At the time, I had an employee who had a child with a brain disorder. Seeing what she went through on a daily basis, how difficult it was for her to find treatment and services for her child, inspired me to create a program to help families with children suffering from brain disorders. At the time, there was no such program in Georgia, or, for that matter, the entire southeast. Since we began, we’ve served more than 22,000 children. At the time, the incidence was something like 1 in 5,000. Thirteen years later, itís now 1 in 166 children diagnosed. At the rate weíre going, itíll be 1 in 50 in no time. 

In 1998, the Marcus Institute merged with the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland. Although we have done some amazing work, and treated thousands of children, there is so much more work to be done. The numbers are staggering — each child with autism requires an enormous amount of one-on-one time with a qualified professional, sometimes with three. Without treatment, these children do not get better. And then what? What happens to the children who donít get treatment? What happens to them when they become adults? Autistic individuals do not die from this disease. They have a normal lifespan. And without effective early intervention, they continue to require intensive treatment and therapy for their whole lives, much more than the average family can afford, or can handle. And many insurance companies donít even pay for it. There are not enough qualified professionals out there to offer these services anyway. 

So far, there has been no concerted push, no coordinated efforts to find answers, like there has been with leukemia or breast cancer. In order to have this same impact, we realized that we would need to raise millions of dollars. We would need a national campaign to raise money and to raise awareness. 

We have been looking for a champion for this cause for a number of years. Suzanne and Bob Wright are the right people. They have so much passion. The want to find the answers for their grandson, and they want to find the answers for the millions of children and families who are suffering from autism. We approached them with the idea of funding a national campaign. We offered our services. We are going to go where no one’s been before. Bob has a great business mind. The key is to make investments and get results. This is what weíre going to do. We can’t get new thinking into this field without the money to back it up. And so far what we are missing is money

I’m anxious to get involved. And not just with financing. I want to see this solved in my lifetime. People have to understand something: this disease goes on forever. Itís becoming out of hand. The key is to find the answer. Iím going to see it through.

Click here to donate to the Autism Speaks. Your donation will help us find the answers for children with autism.


[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]




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Note/Warning:

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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