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Rethink Autism

New online resource for parents of autistic children

WPIX with WTVR contributing

August 18, 2009

New company helping parents

New York, NY – We’ve heard the numbers. One out of 150 children will be diagnosed with autism.

Treatment and education can help these kids deal with challenges that they may face, but the treatment is expensive and most often not covered by insurance.

But now there’s a way parents can help a their child improve their ability to learn at home.

If you have access to the Internet and a computer, a new company called Rethink Autism based out of New York may be able to help your family and your finances. Like many autistic children, Timmy Murphy has hours and hours each week of ABA or applied behavior analysis. It’s a teaching method that research has shown can make significant improvements in an autistic child’s ability to learn.

But Timmy’s teacher today isn’t a professional ABA therapist. His father is learning to teach him from ABA training videos available on line for the first time ever from a startup called Rethink Autism.

“You know, it’s one thing to take a child to a therapy session, maybe even observe the therapy session,” says Timmy’s Dad, “It’s another thing to be given the tools to train yourself, observe how this is done, and really engage your child directly.”

Hundreds of ABA sessions conducted by pros have been videotaped at the company’s state-of-the-art studio. The sessions are shot by four cameras and then edited to the standards of acclaimed autism education experts, like Dr. Bridget Taylor of New Jersey’s Alpine School.

Dr. Taylor says, “Never before have families and practitioners had access to such a wide variety of teaching images, so they can imitate those images and teach their children or teach their students.”

And it’s not just making ABA available, it’s making it affordable.

What’s also revolutionary is that Rethink Autism is a for profit venture. The company was able to attract millions of dollars in start up capitol that simply wouldn’t have been available through public funding.

Co-founder Dan Etra says the idea came from all the people he knew with children being dianosed with autism.

Dan says, “We wanted to be a self sustaining entity, that would continue to be able to provide to families that are depending on us for services on an ongoing basis.”

Jamie Pagliaro once ran New York City’s first charter school for kids with autism. Now, he works for Rethink Autism. Jamie says, “Rethink Autism, I think, is really changing the landscape for parents and educators, in the sense that it’s equipping them with all the tools for these specialized programs.”

For the Murphys, the landscape has changed already. In addition to the learning, it’s brought a caring father and a son who has trouble communicating much much closer. “It’s changing our lives,” says Jimmy’s father.

Rethink Autism has three ways to subscribe. Parents can pay month to month for about a hundred dollars a month. You can also subscribe in six or 12 month intervals for a reduced rate.

We talked to a doctor who treats children with autism here in Richmond, and she says this could be a good addition to other treatment or a substitution during hard economic times.

For more information on Rethink Autism, Click here for the company’s Web site. 

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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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