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

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Rethink Ed Announces Disability Awareness Training Series

Promoting a Positive School Culture for Students with Special Needs

NEW YORK, May 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Rethink Ed has announced a brand-new Disability Awareness Training Suite. The training suite uses targeted modules to foster awareness and understanding of how every member of the community can contribute to an inclusive society for people living with disabilities. 

Rethink Ed is excited to introduce this new, scalable approach to promoting a positive culture within our schools, our communities, and our homes.  “The five-part “Disability Awareness” series establishes the belief that all students should be given equal opportunities; to accomplish this equity, we need to collectively create an environment that empowers them to achieve. The series is composed of 22 modules promoting positive interaction, understanding, and acceptance of students with disabilities among all school members, including support staff, such as bus drivers and lunch attendants, as well as general education teachers and students. They also provide support for families and the larger community.

“At Rethink Ed, we are committed to serving all students, and all means ALL. Students with disabilities have been Rethink Ed’s priority for the past decade,” said Rethink Ed Senior Vice President, Diana Frezza.

“At Rethink Ed, we offer extensive resources and supports for children with disabilities and we acknowledge that educating the community is essential to their inclusion and success. Therefore, we are also offering a free, short course, “Introduction to Disabilities,” to raise awareness and encourage understanding of how our communities can promote an inclusive society for people living with disabilities. 

Contact Rethink Ed today to access affordable professional learning that will create a school culture that demonstrates equity and understanding for all students.  

To learn more about Rethink Ed, visit


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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