[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Night of Too Many Stars
February 27, 2003
This event raised over $1.5 million for autism research and education programs and generated substantial media coverage.
The comedy show, which had its Comedy Central Premiere on Monday, June 9th, was covered by Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, and Live with Regis and Kelly. It also appeared in People magazine and throughout the New York print press.
The Night of Too Many Stars broadcast featured many of your favorite comedy stars, including Jack Black, Dana Carvey, Macaulay Culkin, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Darrell Hammond, Michael Imperioli, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, Conan O’Brien, Lou Reed, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and Jon Stewart.
In addition to this galaxy of stars, several public service announcements aired during the broadcast that educated viewers about autism and promoted the Autism Coalition website and a toll free telephone number for viewers to support our cause and learn more about autism.
The Autism Coalition wishes to thank the incredible lineup of comedic talent who starred in the show: Jack Black, Dana Carvey, Macaulay Culkin, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Darrell Hammond, Michael Imperioli, Lisa Kudrow, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, Conan O’Brien, Lou Reed, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and Jon Stewart.
We would also like to thank the many others who volunteered their time and talent to make this benefit a smashing success. We’re especially grateful to benefit co-chairs Dana Carvey, Lorne Michaels, Conan O’Brien and Adam Sandler, as well as the host of the dinner, NBC News Anchor Brian Williams.
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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 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.