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

The Autism Coalition works with a wide range of collaborators in its many fundraisers, from giants in the entertainment and sports worlds to local businesses. Below are just a few of our more recent fundraising events:

Miller’s Toy Store Benefit 2003

November 25, 2003

On November 25, the Autism Coalition will hold a benefit from 6PM to 9PM in the famous Miller’s Toy Store in Mamaroneck, New York. For every purchase, 20% of every purchase will go towards the Autism Coalition’s efforts to fund promising projects in the fields of autism research and education. 

Run for Autism

October 26, 2003

The 28th annual Marine Corp Marathon takes place on October 26, 2003 in Washington DC.  This is one of the best-known distance races in the U.S. and each year welcomes leading charities as “Charity Partners,” allowing them to raise money for their cause. In 2003, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), one of the Autism Coalition’s partner organizations, will become the first autism charity to participate.

Click here for more information. 

2003 Celebrity Golf Challenge

June 30, 2003

On June 30, 2003, some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment joined our guests for a round of golf at the Fifth Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge to benefit autism, held at the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club. In addition to hobnobbing with celebrities in the elegant stone clubhouse, guests enjoyed a million-dollar shootout. The fun didn’t end there, however, as cocktails, dinner, and our famous live auction set the stage for an exciting evening. 

Click here for more information.

Night of Too Many Stars

The Autism Coalition’s Night of Too Many Stars benefit event, held in New York City on February 2003, was a HUGE success. This event has raised over $1.5 million for autism research and education programs and generated substantial media coverage. This event, which included a comedy show, was broadcast on NBC on May 2003 and aired throughout the summer on Comedy Central... To find out more, click here.

Miller’s Toy Store Benefit

On November 26th, 2002, the Autism Coalition held a benefit with the famous Miller’s Toy Store in Mamaroneck, New York. For every purchase, 20% of every purchase went towards the Autism Coalition. In just a few hours, the Autism Coalition and Miller’s were able to raise over $1,000 in the fight against autism.

2002 Celebrity Golf Challenge 

Each year, celebrities from the worlds of sports and entertainment converge upon the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. For each of the past several years, the event has raised over $1 million, making the event one of the highest single fundraisers within the autism community. 

After a furious day of golf, the day concludes with the always exciting Million Dollar Shoot-Out, where last year’s winner took home a brand new BMW Z3. 

The festivites extend well into the night, as guests enjoy a cocktail party and dinner before our famous live auction, which features prizes ranging from a guest spot on television’s highest-rated shows to luxurious vactions in exotic locales.

The evening closes with a bang as guests dance the night away with the finest in live entertainment.

Couture for a Cure

In May of 2001, the forces of fashion came together at the renowned Westchester Country Club, home of The Buick Classic. The latest in Spring fashions were on display, thanks in large part to the volunteers and friends who tried their luck down the runway as models for this glamorous event. Purchases made at this event benefited the Autism Coalition, which grossed over $70,000 for the fight against autism.

The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”

Run For Autism

October 28, 2003

Over 16,000 runners participated in the 28th annual Marine Corp Marathon on October 26, 2003 in Washington DC.  One of the best-known distance races in the U.S., each year the Marathon welcomes leading charities as “Charity Partners,” allowing them to raise money for their cause. 

In 2003, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), one of the Autism Coalition’spartner organizations, became the first autism charity to participate.

Former New York Islanders hockey player, Pat Flatley and Kevin Murray, board president of the Autism Coalition, were first time participants in this 26-mile race, running on behalf of the Autism Coalition as part of OAR’s “Run for Autism”.

We are proud to say that both of them completed the entire race. Congratulations, Pat and Kevin!

In addition to Pat and Kevin’s excellent efforts, the Autism Coalition held a raffle towards box seats at an Islanders game (generously donated by the New York Islanders). The raffle raised $2,600, with 35% of the proceeds going towards the Organization for Autism Research. 

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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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