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Autism Coalition: Not An Autistic Ally
Screenshot of Autism Coalition Congress Autism Caucus page circa 2003. Full text below.

[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
108th Congress


174 Members, 45 States, 2 U.S. Territories
Updated 8/15/2003

ALABAMA
Aderholt, Robert
Cramer, Bud

ARKANSAS
Snyder, Vic

ARIZONA
Hayworth, J.D.

CALIFORNIA
Senator Diane Feinstein
Becerra, Xavier
Capps, Lois
Cunningham, Randy ‘Duke’
Davis, Susan
Filner, Bob
Gallegly, Elton
Lantos, Tom
Lofgren, Zoe
McKeon, Buck
Napolitano, Grace
Sanchez, Loretta
Schiff, Adam
Waxman, Henry
Woolsey, Lynn

COLORADO
McInnis, Scott
Tancredo, Thomas

CONNECTICUT
Larson, John
Shays, Christopher
Simmons, Rob

DELAWARE
Castle, Michael

FLORIDA
Bilirakis, Mike
Brown, Corrine
Davis, Jim
Foley, Mark
Harris, Katherine
Hastings, Alcee
Putnam, Adam
Ros-Lehtinen, Illena
Shaw Jr., E. Clay
Weldon, Dave
Wexler, Robert

GEORGIA
Isakson, Johnny

HAWAII
Abercrombie, Neil

ILLINOIS
Biggert , Judy
Costello, Jerry
Evans, Lane 
Kirk, Mark Steven
LaHood, Ray

INDIANA
Carson, Julia

IOWA
Boswell, Leonard
Leach, James

KANSAS
Ryun, Jim

KENTUCKY
Fletcher, Ernie
Northup, Anne

LOUISIANA
Baker, Richard
John, Chris
Vitter, David

MAINE
Allen, Tom
Michaud, Michael

MARYLAND
Gilchrest, Wayne
Van Hollen, Chris
Wynn, Al

MASSACHUSETTS
Capuano, Michael
Frank, Barney
Lynch, Stephen
McGovern, Jim
Markey, Ed
Meehan, Marty
Neal, Richard
Olver, John
Tierney, John

MICHIGAN
Kildee, Dale
Knollenberg, Joe
Levin, Sander 
McCotter, Thaddeus
Rogers, Mike
Stupak, Bart

MINNESOTA
Kennedy, Mark
Ramstad, Jim

MISSISSIPPI
Pickering, Charles “Chip”
Taylor, Gene
Thompson, Bennie
Wicker, Rodger

NEBRASKA
Terry, Lee

NEVADA
Berkley, Shelley

NEW JERSEY
Smith, Chris (CHAIRMAN)
Ferguson, Mike 
Holt, Rush 
LoBiondo, Frank
Menendez, Robert
Pallone, Frank
Pascrell, Bill
Payne, Donald
Rothman, Steve
Saxton, Jim

NEW MEXICO
Udall, Tom

NEW YORK
Senator Hillary Clinton
Senator Charles Schumer
Ackerman, Gary
Boehlert, Sherwood
Engel, Eliot
Fossella, Vito
Hinchey, Maurice
Houghton, Amo
Israel, Steve
King, Peter
Lowey, Nita
McCarthy, Carolyn
McHugh, John
McNulty, Michael
Maloney, Carolyn
Meeks, Gregory
Nadler, Jerrold
Quinn, Jack
Slaughter, Louise
Weiner, Anthony

NORTH DAKOTA
Pomeroy, Earl

NORTH CAROLINA
Price, David
Taylor, Charles

OHIO
Brown, Sherrod
LaTourette, Steve
Oxley, Michael
Ryan, Timothy
Strickland, Ted
Tiberi, Pat
Tubbs-Jones, Stephanie

OKLAHOMA
Lucas, Ken

OREGON
Blumenauer, Earl
DeFazio, Peter
Hooley, Darlene
Wu, David

PENNSYLANIA
Doyle, Mike (CHAIRMAN)
Brady, Robert
English, Phil
Greenwood, James
Hart, Melissa
Hoeffel, Joseph
Holden, Tim
Peterson, John
Platts, Todd
Sherwood, Don
Toomey, Pat

RHODE ISLAND
Kennedy, Patrick 
Langevin, Jim

SOUTH CAROLINA
Wilson, Joe

SOUTH DAKOTA
Senator Tom Daschle
Janklow, Bill

TENNESSEE
Duncan, John
Jenkins, William
Davis, Lincoln
Wamp, Zach

TEXAS
Doggett, Lloyd
Frost, Martin
Granger, Kay
Green, Gene
Lampson, Nick
Reyes, Silvestre
Sandlin, Max
Turner, Jim

UTAH
Matheson, Jim

VERMONT
Sanders, Bernie

VIRGINIA
Boucher, Rick
Cantor, Eric
Davis, Jo-Ann
Davis, Tom
Goode, Virgil
Goodlatte, Bob
Moran, Jim
Wolf, Frank

WASHINGTON
Senator Maria Cantwell
Larsen, Rick
Nethercutt, George

WEST VIRGINIA
Capito, Shelley Moore
Mollohan, Alan
Rahall, Nick

WISCONSIN
Baldwin, Tammy
Green, Mark
Kind, Ron

U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS
Christensen, Donna

GUAM
Bordallo, Madeleine  


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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