Archived | Rethink Autism Partners with Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation to Make Research-Based Autism Treatment Tools Available to Families and School Districts in Need | Circa January 6, 2011 #NotAnAutisticAlly

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Rethink Autism announced its partnership with the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation, providing its research-based online autism treatment tools free with each computer donated by the Foundation.

The Laurie Flutie Computer Initiative was founded in 2000 as part of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation annual grant cycle. Through this program, the Foundation has distributed over 400 computers directly to underprivileged families of children with autism and their school districts in New England, New York and New Jersey. As part of this year’s computer grant, each computer recipient will receive a free six-month membership to Rethink Autism’s services.

“The Flutie Foundation is very excited to offer Rethink Autism’s service to our 2009-2010 computer recipients. Part of our mission at the Foundation is to support families affected by autism spectrum disorder and to help them find the resources they need to address the challenges that they face. Partnering with Rethink Autism is the perfect chance to offer a quality, affordable educational tool to help the parents of these very special children,” said Chris Chirco of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation.

“Rethink Autism is pleased to partner with the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation in providing underprivileged families of children with autism and their school districts with high-quality technology resources,” said Jamie Pagliaro, Executive Vice President of Rethink Autism.

“No child’s progress should be delayed due to high costs, waiting lists, or the scarcity of trained professionals. Using computers provided through the Laurie Flutie Computer Initiative and online subscriptions contributed by Rethink Autism, parents and teachers will learn state-of-the-art teaching strategies that will have a positive impact on their children with autism.”

About Rethink Autism

Rethink Autism, Inc. seeks to ensure that every child on the autism spectrum has access to effective and affordable research-based treatment options by providing professionals, parents, and family members with the tools and information necessary to teach children with autism in a way that is easy to understand and apply. Rethink Autism was founded in 2007 and has its headquarters at 19 West 21st Street in New York City. For more information, go to

About The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established in 2000 by NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr., who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. The Foundation awards grants on an annual basis to nonprofit organizations that provide services for children with autism and to organizations that conduct research on the causes and effects of autism. To date, the Fluties have given over $5 million for grants and programs in New England, New York, New Jersey, southern California, at the national level, and in Canada. For more information, go to

    Press Contact:
    Jamie Pagliaro, Executive Vice President
    Rethink Autism
    ph: (+1) 646-257-2919 ext. 205

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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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