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Autism Coalition: Not An Autistic ally
Screenshot of Autism Coalition Action page. Full text below.

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

Autism Coalition Action Alert

Write or e-mail your Member of Congress and U.S. Senators, as well as the President, to urge them to support greater investments in autism research and education programs. Let them know how important the fight against autism is to you, your family and the community. 

Note that sustained and enhanced investments in autism biomedical research are crucial if we are to unlock the mysteries of this disorder and discover effective treatments and, hopefully, a cure.

Urge them to increase funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to strengthen autism research.

You may want to include some of these “talking points” in your correspondence: 

  • The rate of autism is skyrocketing: Ten years ago, 1 in 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism. Today, 1 in 250 are diagnosed with autism. 
  • Autism is a lifelong disorder that impairs a child’s ability to communicate, socialize, play and think. 
  • Autism currently affects over 1 million Americans. 
  • Autism affects children from all socioeconomic backgrounds, regardless of race or ethnicity. 
  • Autism affects four times as many boys as it does girls. 
  • In 2001, the annual cost of caring for autistic people in the U.S. exceeded $20 billion. 
  • Government funding is woefully inadequate. Last year, the federal government spent $50 million on autism research (or merely $50 per child). 
  • Autism currently lags far behind other diseases and disorders in terms of research funding, yet its prevalence is rising rapidly. 
  • Many local services for families of children with autism are being cut. This trend must to be reversed.

For information on how to contact your local and federal legislators, as well as The White House, click on the links below:

Screenshot of Autism Coalition Advocacy page in 2003. Full text below.

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

Below is a listing of the committees in the U.S. Senate and Congress that have the most influence on the autism community. To find out more, click on the title of the committee you wish to learn more about. Each link will take you to that particular subcommittee’s homepage.


Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions 

Committee on Appropriations 
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education 


Committee on Energy and Commerce 

Committee on Appropriations
Subcommitee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education 

Contacting The White House

The office of President George W. Bush can be reached at:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

To send an email to President Bush, write to To send an email to Vice President Dick Cheney, write to

You can reach the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414.

To send a fax, dial 202-456-2461.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has jurisdiction over the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Secretary of HHS is Tommy Thompson.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Telephone: 202-619-0257
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775


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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