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Autism Leaders Convene in Washington, D.C. 

The Autism Coalition convened leaders from several of the nation’s largest autism organizations in Washington, D.C. on May 8-9.

Among the participants were Kevin Murray and Michael Brogioli (The Autism Coalition), Rob Beck (Autism Society of America), Jon Shestack and Elizabeth Kilpatrick (Cure Autism Now), Mary Partin (Dan Marino Foundation), Lisa Borges (Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation), Prisca Chen Marvin and Joe Guzzardo (National Alliance for Autism Research) and Jeana Smith (Unlocking Autism). 

During the conference, which was sponsored by the Autism Coalition, participants discussed how to better coordinate legislative advocacy, fundraising and public awareness efforts on a national level.

A highlight of the conference was a dinner meeting with Representative Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Co-Chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus, to discuss federal autism funding issues. Autism organizational leaders will convene again this fall in Washington D.C. to discuss a public awareness campaign proposal and further strategize on how and when the autism community can work more effectively to enhance funding for autism research. 

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.”

Night of Too Many Stars

The Autism Coalition’s Night of Too Many Stars benefit event, held in New York City on February 27th, was a HUGE success. This event has raised over $1.5 million to date for autism research and education programs and generated substantial media coverage.

This event, which included a comedy show, was broadcast on NBC on May 31st and will be aired throughout the summer on Comedy Central…

In conjunction with the Night of Too Many Stars, the Autism Coalition is producing four public service announcements (PSAs) that will inform the public about the challenge of autism and the importance of research and education to address autism.

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 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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