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New Report Examines Effect of Toxins on Mind Development; Participate in Study on Perceptions of Progress in Children with Autism


Neurotoxic Chemicals Found in Biomonitoring Study on Developmental Disabilities Community

The Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI), a coalition of health and developmental disabilities organizations including the Autism Society, recently released the first-ever biomonitoring report identifying toxic chemical pollution in people from the learning and developmental disability community. Mind, Disrupted: How Toxic Chemicals May Affect How We Think and Who We Are examines 61 toxic chemicals present in study participants in the context of rising rates of autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other learning and developmental disabilities. Read more …

Curious About Autism and the Environment?

The Autism Society’s Environmental Health Project has a host of resources at your disposal. “Autism and the Environment 101” is a great place to start. This free online course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and gives an overview of the subject. Read more ….


Don’t Miss Your Chance to Advocate for Autism on Capitol Hill!

There’s still time to sign up for the Autism Society’s Re-ACT Summit, February 24-25 in Washington, D.C. Please register today to participate in this valuable training and opportunity to petition your government on behalf of all affected by autism. The training will include speakers from Capitol Hill, and advocacy and environmental health training. Read more …

Restraints and Seclusions Bill Passes Out of Committee

On February 4, the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247) passed out of the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor by a vote of 34-10. Read more …

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Releases Update to Strategic Plan for Autism Research

The first update to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) strategic plan for autism research received unanimous approval from the 19-member advisory group that drafted the recommendations. The IACC, created under the Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006, finalized the 2010 Plan at their meeting on January 19. The document gives guidance on what areas of research should be pursued to advance the understanding of autism. The Plan, which is annually updated as required by the CAA, is an advisory tool for the Department of Health and Human Services and serves as a basis for partnerships with other federal agencies and private organizations involved in autism research and services. Read more …


Participate in New Study on Perceptions of Progress in Children with Autism

If you are a parent of a son or daughter with a diagnosis on the autismspectrum, of any age, the Autism Society and the State University of New York at Stony Brook invite you to participate in an online survey to find out what you, as a parent of a child with autism, would most like to see for your child’s future. Read more …

UC Davis Study Confirms Link Between Advanced Maternal Age and Autism

Advanced maternal age is linked to a significantly elevated risk of having a child with autism, regardless of the father’s age, according to a new study of all births in California during the 1990s by UC Davis Health System researchers. Advanced paternal age is associated with elevated autism risk only when the father is older and the mother is under 30, the study found. Read more …

MSU Researcher Advocates New Way to Treat Autism

Children with autism would likely receive better treatment if supporters of the two major teaching methods focused on a combined approach, a Michigan State University psychologist argues in a new paper. Read more …


eSchool News Presents Autism Education Resource Center

The magazine eSchool News has developed an online education resource center (ERC) on autism called “Effective Programs for Dealing with Autism in Schools Today.” Read more …

Online DIR/Floortime Course

The Basic Course on the DIR®/Floortime Model, taught by child psychiatrist, Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., will soon be available online. This annual conference features an overview of the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based (DIR) Model and focuses on assessment, diagnosis and intervention for developmental and learning disorders, including autistic spectrum disorders. Read more …


Autism Society National Conference Registration Opens Next Week

Plan to join us for the 41st Autism Society National Conference and Exposition at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas July 7-10. Bringing together the expertise and experiences of family members, professionals and individuals on the spectrum, attendees are able to learn how to more effectively advocate and obtain supports for an individual with ASD. The ultimate goal is to empower family members, individuals on the spectrum and professionals to make informed decisions. Read more …

International Family Therapy Association World Family Therapy Congress

The International Family Therapy Association’s 18th World Family Therapy Congress will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 17-20, 2010. The goal for the congress is to advance family therapy worldwide by promoting research, education and sound practice, and encouraging international cooperation and exchange of knowledge and ideas that support the health and well-being of families and persons around the world. Read more …


Book Offers Strategies on Developing College Skills

Developing College Skills in Students with Autism & Asperger’s Syndrometakes a comprehensive look at the challenges students with ASD face in college. It offers useful tools for professionals who work with students with ASD to better prepare them for success before they graduate from high school. Developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and skill sets for success can be implemented by teachers and nurtured throughout the student’s primary, middle and secondary school years. Read more …

New Video Game for Sensory Processing

The new EASe Funhouse video game is designed to help children with autism spectrum disorders learn to improve sensory processing. In 1995, Vision Audio, Inc., created EASe CDs, the original disc-based auditory training program used by tens of thousands of parents, therapists, schools and organizations to help children with autism learn to cope with noise. Read more …

Power Tunes is Empowering Kids Everywhere

Speech-language pathologist Joe Rothstein is the brains behind the award-winning new album, Power Tunes, created to help toddlers and young children learn vocabulary, speech sounds and early academic concepts. Songs like “School Song,” “Train Song” and “Red Light, Green Light” pick kids up and get their bodies and brainwaves moving together while empowering them with important language tools. Read more …

Look in my Eyes Game Helps Children on the Autism Spectrum

Look in My Eyes is a game for the iPhone and iPod Touch designed to help children on the autism spectrum practice eye contact. Read more …


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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