Archived | ReThink Autism: Children with Autism Create Thanksgiving Cartoon | Circa November 22, 2010 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]

NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — On the eve of Thanksgiving, children with autism will have a chance to see their art featured in an animated cartoon made with the help of Rethink Autism, Inc. ( “The First Thanksgiving,” is a fictional story that is told using “hand turkey” art projects submitted by parents and caregivers of these children through social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Since every child with autism has his/her own unique challenges to overcome, these challenges have led to an amazing variety of submissions. For example, Michael does not tolerate having his hand traced, so his mother took a picture of his hand, then drew and colored the turkey digitally.

Another mother approached her two sons’ turkeys in different ways. For Ryan, who is learning to recognize his name as part of his Individualized Education Program, she wrote his name on the turkey and let him color it in. For Stevie who likes letters and numbers, she cut out shapes and he enjoyed gluing them down.

“It’s been really exciting to create a social network space where parents and children can make something together and then share it with this welcoming online community,” said Kent Kincannon, Director of Social Media for Rethink Autism. “And the cartoon provides a medium for families to interact with each other through their contributions, and see their work come alive with animation.”

There was also a great deal of participation from schools, such as the special education provider in Florida that submitted a whole family of feathered turkeys. One adult education group sent a remarkable 25 turkeys at once, and another group sent a collection of “pavos de manos” decorated with Mexican flags.

“The First Thanksgiving” cartoon can be seen November 24th on the Rethink Autism home page as well as on Facebook, iTunes, and YouTube. Rethink Autism looks to expand its free content to include more projects, like this one, that are directed toward children as well as their caregivers.

Rethink Autism currently offers a variety of free educational content to its community members including live webinarswith autism experts such as Dr. Bridget A. Taylor, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director of the Alpine Learning Group, and weekly video tips on topics such as Expanding Verbal Language, Reducing Problem Behavior, and Toilet Training. Archives of past tips and webinars can be found on the Rethink Autism website.

Families, professionals and schools who subscribe to Rethink Autism’s online treatment platform have access to an entire ABA-based video curriculum and training center, lesson plans for every skill in the library, and progress tracking so that every teacher in a child’s life can follow his or her development.

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, EVP
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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