[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
NEW YORK, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Rethink Autism, a new force in online education for children on the autism spectrum, has announced that its award-winning curriculum is now aligned with the Common Core State Standards, making it the first and only autism curriculum to meet what is quickly becoming the national standard in education.
Developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the standards establish clear and consistent goals for learning that will prepare America’s children for success in college and work.
“We’ve been able to seamlessly integrate these standards into our platform, giving educators the ability to search for curriculum content by grade level and see how each of our video lessons helps students work toward these standards,” says Jamie Pagliaro, Executive VP for Rethink Autism. “Now, at no extra cost, educators can achieve required academic levels and continually maintain them as students progress from one grade to the next.”
Adopted by forty-two states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, the Common Core State Standards consists of English language arts and mathematics standards for grades K-12 that were developed in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders including content experts, states, teachers, school administrators and parents.
As noted by the NGA and CCSSO, high standards that are consistent across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations that everyone can work together to achieve.
Rethink Autism’s platform is based on that same approach, enabling everyone involved in a child’s education to work as a team with shared access to training, teaching goals, comprehensive video lessons, lesson plans, and tools to easily plan a full year of schooling.
The recipient of multiple education awards, Rethink Autism’s curriculum offers over 1,200 video lessons showing parents and educators how to implement research-based teaching strategies based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the gold standard for autism treatment.
To learn more about Rethink Autism, visit the company’s home page: http://www.rethinkautism.com/
To learn more about the Common Core State Standards, visit the organization’s home page: http://www.corestandards.org/
About Rethink Autism (http://www.rethinkautism.com)
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.
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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 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.