Archived | Press Release: Autism Summit Conference | Circa November 14, 2003 #AutisticHistory #NotAnAutisticAlly

Screenshot of NIH News regarding the Autism Summit Conference in November 2003. Full text below.

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

Autism Summit Conference

A national conference focusing on the Federal government’s role in biomedical autism research, early screening and diagnosis, and improving access to autism services will be held November 19-20, 2003, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The summit will provide a public forum to disseminate, evaluate, and integrate the latest science-based autism information among Federal, academic, and community participants.

A major goal of the summit is to develop an information exchange among the autism community, experts in specific areas, and Federal agencies that advance autism research and services. Another goal is to foster partnerships among these groups.

The event, ” The Autism Summit Conference: Developing a National Agenda,” will expand the work of the Federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), formed in response to the Children’s Health Act of 2000. The IACC serves to enhance coordination and effectiveness of autism research and service activities across the Federal government and with public stakeholders.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education are conference cosponsors. Interagency sponsors from the National Institutes of Health include: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The summit’s biomedical component will address autism research on diagnosis, causes, neuroscience, and treatment. Programs will build on the work of an expert panel of scientists that responded to a congressional request for a “roadmap” to identify and advance high-priority research goals. Federal officials, researchers, and community members will discuss such topics as genetics, epidemiology, and early intervention.

The second major theme, implementing autism screening and diagnosis, will review existing screening instruments and implementing practices in the community. Relevant research and current clinical practices will be discussed.

The third theme is integrating autism services throughout the lifespan. Topics will deal with issues for those living with autism, including fragmented services provided by educational and other systems. These subjects are similar to those raised by the President’s New Freedom Commission for Mental Health.

The summit will provide an opportunity to highlight the Federal government’s interest in autism and mobilize resources to confront this recognized public health problem. It will begin to establish a national agenda of research and service goals to be achieved through advances by federal, academic, voluntary, and other public organizations.

The conference was planned collaboratively to represent diverse interests and perspectives. Public officials, as well as major researchers and practitioners in the autism field, will be involved in all aspects of the summit.

For more information on the summit conference, access the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Website at

NIMH is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal Government’s primary agency for biomedical research. NIH is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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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 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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