Archived | ReThink Autism: Top 10 Ways to Collaborate With Your Child’s School | Circa September 13, 2010 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

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Top 10 Ways to Collaborate With Your Child’s School

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ — The beginning of a new school year is stressful for all parents but especially for those who have a child with autism. Many parents are overwhelmed with questions like: How long will it take for my child to become comfortable with his new teachers and classroom? Who will advocate for my child when I am not there? How do I ensure that my child is receiving the services and supports needed to be successful?

“Establishing clear lines of communication with school staff early on is an important first step that will help parents make a positive impact on the new school year for their children, and reduce a lot of the stress for parents,” says Jamie Pagliaro, who was the founding Executive Director of the New York Center for Autism Charter School, “however, some schools may not be equipped to help parents do that well.” Pagliaro is also the co-creator of Rethink Autism and a member of Rethink Autism’s Scientific Advisory Board.

As part of its commitment to the autism community, Rethink Autism ( is offering a free online webinar and live chat with world-renowned autism expert Dr. Bridget Taylor entitled “Top 10 Ways to Collaborate with Your Child’s School” on Monday, September 20 at 2pm EDT (1pm CDT).  Parents may know Dr. Taylor from the well-known book “Let Me Hear Your Voice” by Catherine Maurice.

“For children with autism to truly excel in school and at home, parents and professionals must become close and cooperative partners in treatment and education,” says Dr. Taylor.  

“In this webinar, we will help parents learn simple, practical ways to collaborate effectively and productively with their child’s education team.” Having founded one of the leading school programs in the world for children with autism, Dr. Taylor is a strong advocate for parent involvement in autism treatment, parent training, home-based support and ongoing communication.

The webinar is open to anyone with Internet access – parents, school staff and family members are welcome – but capacity is limited so registration is required to attend (at  In its Expert Access webinar series, Rethink Autism connects the autism community with leading experts presenting their innovative work and perspectives on a variety of important topics.

When using Rethink Autism, a parent fills out a brief skills checklist online. The program will then create an individualized ABA-based learning plan for the child, drawing from a comprehensive evidence-based curriculum consisting of 1200+ video-based teaching steps. The curriculum, endorsed by leaders in the field of autism treatment and research, spans the entire autism spectrum and covers a broad range of skills, including academics, language, social, motor, daily living, and behavior management. “Our goal is to make ABA accessible to families without clinical jargon or a diagnostic maze. Each lesson plan includes several step-by-step videos that show ABA therapists working with a child with autism, so that parents know how to work with their children through specific needs anytime and anywhere,” said Jamie Pagliaro, executive vice president of Rethink Autism.

About Rethink Autism

Rethink Autism, Inc. seeks to ensure that every child on the autism spectrum has access to effective and affordable evidence-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.

Jamie Pagliaro
Executive Vice President, Rethink Autism
ph: 646-257-2919


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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