Archived | ASA National Conference Registration Opens; Bounce for Autism this April | Circa January 29, 2009 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

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Pump It Up and Autism Society of America Host “Bounce for Autism”

The Autism Society of America and Pump It Up, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing franchise of giant indoor inflatable playgrounds for private parties, are teaming up for the second year to host “Bounce for Autism” this April in over 30 locations nationwide. This community-based fundraising event combines family fun with raising awareness and support for autism in locations that welcome children on the autism spectrum. Autism now affects one in every 150 children in America, and ASA and Pump It Up hope to energize families affected by autism and their friends to raise funds for and awareness of autism today. Read more …

New Administration Puts Autism as a Priority

On the newly launched Web site of the Obama Administration,, the new President has outlined his disabilities agenda, in which autism is the only condition highlighted specifically. Read more …

Autism Sunday

Cathedrals, churches and religious organizations around the world will observe Autism Sunday, an international day of prayer for those with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, on February 8. Parents, caregivers and people with autism have been asked to inform their church groups around the world and request them to observe Autism Sunday. Read more …

Free Printed Copies of Autism Advocate on ABA No Longer Available

We received a tremendous response to our offer for free access (or a free printed copy) of the December 2008 Autism Advocate entitled “Applied Behavior Analysis: A Powerful Tool for Improving the Lives of People with ASD.” This seminal issue on ABA describes the many exciting developments in the field that are improving the lives of individuals on the spectrum and their families. Read more …

GRASP Recognizes Brenda Smith-Myles and Stephen Shore

The Global and Regional Asperger’s Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) will recognize Dr. Brenda Smith-Myles and Dr. Stephen Shore at the organization’s 2009 annual benefit in New York City on May 12. Dr. Smith-Myles, ASA’s Chief Program Officer, will be given the “Divine Neurotypical Award,” and Dr. Shore, a member of ASA’s Board of Directors, will receive the new “Distinguished Spectrumite Award.” Learn more at


The Autism Society of America is now a member of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC). PIPC exists to advance proposals for comparative effectiveness research that are focused on supporting providers and patients with the information they need, improving health-care quality and supporting continued medical progress. We look forward to working with our new partners to improve the quality of health care for all individuals affected by autism. Learn more at

New Gatorade Ad Features “J-Mac”

In 2006, Jason “J-Mac” McElwain became a household name when the high school senior who was diagnosed with autism early in life scored 20 points in the last four minutes of a basketball game, and broke a school record with six three-pointers. Now, McElwain is featured in a new Gatorade ad in a lineup that includes the likes of such legendary athletes as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Muhammed Ali, drawing praise from many affected by autism. Read more …


ASA Statement on January 14, 2009, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Meeting

ASA stands for improving the quality of life for people with autism and protecting their human rights across the lifespan. One of the purposes of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is to conduct a transparent strategic planning process that results in research that answers the many questions facing the autismcommunity. Read more …

Next IACC Meeting February 4

A meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) [under the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-416)] will take place on Wednesday, February 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building, Rotunda Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Read more …

Health-Care Items Included in Stimulus Package

This week, three House Committees (Appropriations, Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means) held markups and approved their respective sections of the $825 billion House economic stimulus bill, and the full House passed the measure on Wednesday, January 28. The stimulus speaks to health-care issues in both direct aid to states, and grants and loans for the modernization of our health-care system.  Read more … 

SCHIP Debated in U.S. Senate

On Monday, January 26, the Senate turned to consideration of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) reauthorization bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has decided to keep the Senate SCHIP debate open, which means that any Senator can offer amendments on the floor.  Read more … 

Senate Committee Appointments

There have been several new additions to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and Finance Committees, which control the health-care agenda in the Senate. Democrats Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA), Kay Hagan (NC) and Jeff Merkley (OR), and Republican John McCain (AZ) have been appointed to the HELP Committee; Democrats Bill Nelson (FL), Robert Menendez (NJ) and Thomas Carper (DE), and Republicans Mike Enzi (WY) and John Cornyn (TX) have been appointed to the Finance Committee.


Scientists Uncover Key Developmental Mechanisms of Amygdala

For the first time, scientists at Children’s National Medical Center have successfully identified a key developmental program for the amygdala—the part of the limbic system that impacts how the brain creates emotional memories and responses. This knowledge could help scientists to better understand autism and similar disorders in which altered function of this region is known to occur. Read more …


Children’s National Medical Center and Ivymount School Launch Innovative Autism, Asperger’s Training Collaboration

The Children’s National Medical Center and Ivymount School have launched an innovative school-based training and development program for future childhood development professionals focusing on Ivymount’s extensive services for children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and early childhood development needs. The program brings an interdisciplinary team of fellows from Children’s National Medical Center’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders to Ivymount School in Potomac, Md. The school and its outreach services program will serve as the only school-based rotation site in the Center’s current Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) Program. Read more …


ASA Conference Registration Opens

Registration for the 2009 ASA National Conference and Exposition is now open! This year’s conference will be held in St. Charles, Illinois, at the Pheasant Run Resort July 22-25.  There are early bird registration rates in effect until April 1, so register early for the best discount.  You can access all information about the conference and registration at our Web site: more …

Kern Autism Network Annual Autism Awareness Conference

The Kern Autism Network 14th Annual Autism Awareness Conference will take place Friday, February 27, at 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Bakersfield Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom, 801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Read more …

Shafallah Center International Forum on Children with Special Needs

The Shafallah Center will present the 4th Annual International Forum on Children with Special Needs, “Achieving Independence,” April 20-22 in Doha, Qatar. Read more …

Lehigh University Autism Lecture

The Lehigh University College of Education will present “Leaders of Practice in the Autism Spectrum: Navigating the Autism Maze” as part of its distinguished lecture series on Sunday, May 3, 2009. Read more …


Book Offers Journaling Techniques for Caregivers

You Want Me to Do What? Journaling for Caregivers is a new tool that gives instructions, examples and encouragement for anyone caring for a spouse, parent or special-needs child. Read more …

Collection Presents Parents’ Stories

Children and Teenagers with Asperger’s by Anna Van Der Post is a varied collection of parents’ stories about raising children and teenagers with Asperger’s. The contributors have written honest, moving and sometimes harrowing accounts about what it really feels like to care for a challenging child. Read more …

Keyboard Classroom Caters Lessons to Special Ed Students

Keyboard Classroom is a first of its kind, learn-to-type program designed by educators specifically to meet the needs of children. Children gain typing proficiency at home, at their own pace, away from the pressure of a classroom environment. Read more …

More With Autism Society of America


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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