Archived | Autism Speaks: Educational Approaches | Circa February 2005 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]

The Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990 assures a free and appropriate public education to children with diagnosed learning deficits. A year later, a new version of the law extended to pre-schoolers who are developmentally delayed. Therefore, public schools must provide services to handicapped children, including those ages 3 to 5. Because of the importance of early intervention, many states also offer special services to children from birth to age 3. 

The school may also be responsible for providing whatever services are needed to enable the child to attend school and learn. Such services might include transportation, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and any special equipment. Federally funded Parent Training Information Centers and Protection and Advocacy Agencies in each state can provide information on the rights of the family and child.

By law, public schools are also required to prepare and carry out a set of specific instructional goals for every child in a special education program. The goals are stated as specific skills that the child will be taught to perform. This list of skills will make up what is known as that child’s Individualized Education Program (or IEP). 

The IEP serves as an agreement between the school and the family on the educational goals for the child. Because parents know their child best, they will play an important role in the creation of their child’s IEP. 

In planning the IEP, it is important to focus on what skills are critical to the child’s well-being and future development. For each skill, parents and teachers should consider these questions: Is this an important life skill? What will happen if the child isn’t trained to do this for himself or herself?

Such questions free parents and teachers to consider alternatives to training. For example, after several years of unsuccessfully teaching the multiplication tables to an autistic child, his parents decided to teach him to use a calculator instead.

A child’s success in school should not be measured against the traditional standards of schooling. Instead, progress should be measured against his or her unique potential for self-care and self-sufficiency as an adult.

Information furnished by The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH).



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Autism Treatment Network (ATN)
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Parents As Partners


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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