[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
In 2001, U.S. Representatives Christopher Smith (R-NJ) and Michael Doyle (D-PA) founded the bi-partisan Autism Caucus. The Caucus, formally known as the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE), currently includes over 170 members from over 40 states.
To see if your representative is a part of the Caucus, scroll down (representatives are listed by state). To visit the website for the House of Representatives, which will allow you to find the contact information for the representatives listed below and every other representative currently serving in the 108th Congress, click here.
Please note that every effort is made to ensure that the list below reflects current and accurate CARE membership. As interest in federal autism advocacy grows, additional Members of Congress lend support to the Coalition.
For the most up-to-date membership list, please call the offices Co-Chairmen Representatives Mike Doyle (202-225-2135) or Chris Smith (202-225-3765).
2003 – 2004
Coalition for Autism Research and Education
Membership by State
174 Members, 45 States, 2 U.S. Territories
Senator Diane Feinstein
Cunningham, Randy ‘Duke’
Shaw Jr., E. Clay
Biggert , Judy
Kirk, Mark Steven
Van Hollen, Chris
Pickering, Charles “Chip”
Smith, Chris (CHAIRMAN)
Senator Hillary Clinton
Senator Charles Schumer
Doyle, Mike (CHAIRMAN)
Senator Tom Daschle
Senator Maria Cantwell
Capito, Shelley Moore
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 work. In 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.