Archived | Autism Speaks: Facts | Circa February 2005 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

• There are 1.77 million cases
  of autism in the U.S.

• A new case of autism is
  diagnosed nearly every 20
  minutes

• There are 24,000 new cases
  diagnosed in the U.S. per
  year

• 1 in 166 children are diagnosed with   autism

• The economic impact of autism
  is more than $90 billion and expected
  to more than double in the next decade

• Autism is the fastest-growing serious
  developmental disability in the U.S.

• Autism receives less than 5% of the 
  research funding of many less prevalent
  childhood diseases

• There is no medical detection,
  treatment, or cure for autism 

• Boys are 4 times more likely
  than girls to have autism 

(Autism refers to a wide spectrum of disorders, ranging from severe to mild.)
INCIDENCE VS. FUNDING

Leukemia
1 in 25,000
Funding: $300 million

Muscular Dystrophy
1 in 20,000
Funding: $160 million

Cystic Fibrosis
1 in 5000
Funding: $75 million

Juvenile Diabetes
1 in 500
Funding: $140 million

Autism 
1 in 166 
Funding: $15 million 


(Dollar amounts reflect approximate annual funds raised by major private
advocacy groups.) 
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH FUNDS ALLOCATION

$29 billion 
Total NIH funding 

$5 billion 
Funding of relevant NIH departments: Child Health, Mental Health, Environmental Health, Neurological Disorders

$100 million*
Portion of the $5 billion allocation that directly or indirectly impacts autism research 

*This represents 0.3% of total NIH funding.


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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