Autism Summit Conference: Developing a National Agenda
The Autism Coalition was pleased to support and participate in the Interagency Autism Summit held in Washington D.C. on November 19-20, 2003.
The Autism Summit Conference: Developing a National Agenda was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education. Summit organizers used the event to announce the federal government’s 10-year “Autism Research Roadmap.”
The Autism Research Roadmap’s main objectives include the development of teaching methods that will allow 90 percent of children with autism to speak, the identification of the disorder’s genetic and non-genetic factors, and adequate services for all afflicted children in the next 7-10 years (New York Times, 11/19/2003, “Government Mapping Out a Strategy to Fight Autism.”) The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) will review the plan in the coming months.
In addition to the unveiling of the 10-year Autism Research Roadmap, the Summit focused on the federal government’s role in funding biomedical research, promoting early screening and diagnosis, and improving access to autism services. The Summit featured presentations by autism experts, government researchers and Members of Congress, as well as plenary sessions and specialized topic sessions held throughout the two-day event.
The Autism Coalition coordinated the Summit’s exhibition hall and sponsored a reception for all participants. ACRE worked closely with event planners to arrange for autism organizations, service agencies and others to promote their cause, services and/or products. For more information about the event, please click on the links to articles below:
November 19, 2003
New York Times, Jane Gross
ABSTRACT – Federal officials, responding to skyrocketing number of diagnoses of brain disorder autism in children, plan to unveil at conference on autism, Washington, DC, first long-term interagency plan to deal with problem; plan includes goals like development of teaching methods that will allow 90 percent of autistic children to speak, identification of genetic and nongenetic causes of condition and adequate services for all afflicted children within 10 years; experts say most effective therapy, early, intensive behavior therapy, is poorly understood and in short supply; graph of autism cases and special education programs.
November 27, 2003
Nature, Emily Singer
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.