[Note: This is an email I received during my first Autism campaign in 2008. I was new to the Autism Wars (and definitely not understanding them yet) and just being introduced to Autistic History from Autistics.
Back then, I knew I was Autistic like my son but didn’t recognize the autism being paraded as an epidemic. I couldn’t figure out how it related to our autism – but I finally had a tool to help my child survive school. It was during this campaign that I became aware the two very different communities related to autism: the ’autism community’ and the Autistic community.
At this time, my only focus was on keeping my autistic teen alive into adulthood. He’d suffered suicide ideation from a very young age due to society’s intolerance to differences in people.
During this first campaign I learned a lot from Autistics who understood the politics and autism wars happening – and the bullshit being pushed as fact. This email is a response to that campaign launched then, and thus started my education on some of these founders.
Unfortunately, the non-Autistic parent-led autism organizations have only became more powerful since then. It’s 2021 and these organizations continue to dominate and silence the Autistic community and Autistic people – at least the majority of us who don’t conform to their agenda and their solutions for us. – Eve Reiland]
[Note: Links below are original to the email, or article, and it’s very possible they no longer work.]
abfh has left a new comment on your post “Beyond April: Blogging and raising money for autis…“:
If so much as a penny goes to Autism Speaks, count me out. They are funding research to develop a prenatal test and expect to do so by 2015, as discussed by one of their leading researchers, Dr. Joseph Buxbaum, in an interview on MSNBC.com. (note: the group NAAR, mentioned in the article, merged into Autism Speaks)
Alison Tepper Singer, a vice-president of Autism Speaks, publicly fantasized about murdering her child in the Autism Every Day film; two Autism Speaks directors, Harry and Laura Slatkin, said that they wished their child would drown in their backyard pond. See the Autism Speaks: Don’t Speak for Us Petition to read more about that.
Suzanne Wright, founder of Autism Speaks, said in a January 2008 interview with Parade Magazine that her goal is to “eradicate” autism.
In short: Autism Speaks is a hate group masquerading as a charity.
I suggest contributing to The Autism Acceptance Project, a charity that promotes acceptance of, and accommodations for, autistic people in society.
Posted by abfh to Genevieve at May 4, 2008 10:55 AM
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.