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e-Speaks || December 4, 2009
Study Finds Early Intervention for Autism Highly Effective
Combining applied behavioral analysis teaching methods with developmental ‘relationship-based’ approaches, a novel early intervention program – the Early Start Denver Model – has been found to be effective in improving IQ, language ability, and social interaction in very young children with autism.
Community Connections: Autism and the Holidays
This time of year can be stressful and over-stimulating for anyone, but particularly for individuals with autism and their families. This month’s Community Connections offers tips, gift ideas, videos, and more to help increase families’ enjoyment of the season.
This Holiday Season, Please Support Our Sponsors
Successful and Fun Walk Season Comes to a Close
The final Walk of 2009 was held Saturday in Las Vegas, ending a very successful season. In 2009 more than 320,000 volunteers and supporters from around North America and England raised more than $23 million through 80 Walk Now for AutismSpeaks events.
The Walks not only serve as a grassroots fundraising effort but also bring the community together for a day of fun and festivities. Check out the recaps of our fall Walkshere.
IACC 2008 Summary of Advances in Autism Research Selects Autism Speaks’ Funded Research
As mandated by the Combating Autism Act, which was passed by Congress in 2006, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) recently released its 2008 IACC Summary of Advanceshighlighting 37 significant studies on autismspectrum disorders, including many funded by Autism Speaks.
Join Autism Speaks and Rethink Autism For a Free Webinar
Autism Speaks in partnership with rethink autism will present a free live webinar, What You Need to Know, an orientation for parents and family members of children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
The webinar, which takes place on December 9 and 15, will be hosted by Lisa Goring, director of Family Services at Autism Speaks, and Dr. Bridget A. Taylor, senior clinical advisor at rethink autism. Watch a previewand register for a webinar today.
Free Penguin Family Available at Online Store
When you give, you also receive! Spend $25 or more in the Autism Speaks online store* and get a FREE Plush Penguin Family with your order from now through December 25, 2009.
*offer good on all except Specialty Items
In Their Own Words: Cheese-less Pizza A mother shares her story about how a small choice made years ago over pizza, transformed her way of thinking. This first step helped her to leave her comfort zone and taught her how to overcome obstacles.
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.