[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
The Autism Coalition’s grantmaking process primarily awards promising projects in the fields of biomedical research and educational development.
Among our recent grants (awarded June 30, 2003):
California CADDRE/Sequoia Foundation (Oakland, CA)
$5,000 to support STAR Conference
Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation (Framingham, MA)
$20,000 to support scholarships for needy parents to attend Fifth Annual Autism Update Conference
First Signs (Merrimack, MA)
$10,000 to support pediatric screening initiative
Foundation for Educating Children with Autism (Mount Kisco, NY)
$10,000 to support Tenth Annual Stepping Into Future Conference
Friends of Autistic People (Greenwich, CT)
$5,000 to support federal legislative forum
Magnolia Speech School (Cooksville, MD)
$10,000 to support teacher salaries
National Alliance for Autism Research (Princeton, NJ)
$220,000 to support four biomedical research projects
New England Center for Children (Southboro, MA)
$25,000 to support curriculum database project
Organization for Autism Research (Arlington, VA)
$15,000 to support Fluency Research for Children with Autism project
$31,500 to support Neurobiology of Circumscribed Interests in Autism research study
Unlocking Autism (Walker, LA)
$15,000 to support national call center
Westchester ARC (White Plains, NY)
$10,000 to support funding for ABA trainer
TOTAL GRANTS: $596,500
More With Autism Coalition
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.