Archived | Rethink Autism Launches First Website Empowering Families And Professionals With Science-Based Techniques To Confront The Daily Challenges Of Autism | Circa June 2009 #NotAnAutisticAlly

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Rethink Autism Launches First Website Empowering Families And Professionals With Science-Based Techniques To Confront The Daily Challenges Of Autism

Yesterday Rethink Autism, Inc., an educational technology company based in New York City, launched http://www.rethinkautism.comthe first online resource to offer parents and professionals immediate access to effective and affordable treatment tools for the growing population affected by autism spectrum disorders. Rethink Autism’s methods and resources are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the only scientifically-validated treatment for children with autism and the only intervention endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the New York State Department of Health, and the United States Surgeon General. 

Bridging the gap between research and practice, Rethink Autism is a first-of-its-kind online program. According to Dr. Fred Volkmar, Director of the Yale Child Study Center, “the explosion of research in autism has not always resulted in translation into work with children at home and in schools. I’m pleased that Rethink Autism is attempting to address this need by bringing research-based treatments into the lives of children with autism.”  

At the core of Rethink Autism’s services is a comprehensive, video-based curriculum including hundreds of exercises and training modules based on proven, scientifically-validated teaching techniques. The site’s innovative assessment tools help parents and professionals design individualized programming to meet each child’s learning goals, while state-of-the-art data-tracking systems allow users to track the learner’s progress.  

The lessons target a comprehensive range of skills in critical developmental areas and address the core challenges of autism: language and motor skills, social and emotional learning, play and leisure, daily living and problem behavior. “Never before has such a comprehensive video library of teaching programs been available to parents and professionals,” said Dr. Bridget Taylor, Executive Director of the Alpine Learning Group. 

Rethink Autism aspires to meet the immediate needs of the growing population affected by autism. “Across the country, families pin their hopes on a handful of specialized educational centers with ever-growing waiting lists,” said Rethink Autism’s CEO, Daniel Etra. “Research shows that the most effective treatment for children with autism is early intervention. The months and years those families spend waiting for school placements is time that could be invested in their futures. Rethink Autism provides an immediate and affordable solution by showing parents how to help their children now, not later.”  

The Service

Parents, teachers, and organizations will access subscription services through the Rethink Autism website. By answering a series of questions, new users can immediately begin customizing a curriculum for their child by determining which of the hundreds of available lessons will best meet the learner’s specific needs. Users can then watch the video lessons, use the techniques in sessions with their own child, and track the child’s progress online. As the child progresses through the programs, the website will recommend new lessons to maximize the learning process. A professional support team will be available to answer users’ questions by email and offer suggestions for making the most of Rethink Autism’s resources.  

Making the Best Methods Affordable and Accessible

While ABA is the best known method for treating children with autism, practitioners and schools cannot always bring ABA to each and every child who might benefit from it. For approximately the cost of a single hour of individual therapy by a certified professional, Rethink Autism offers its monthly subscribers around the globe centralized access to the resources necessary to begin working with a child immediately. Rethink Autism’s platform empowers parents and professionals to be more effective at home, in school, and in the community at a fraction of the cost. 

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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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