Archived | Investigation of autism researcher’s conduct sparks controversy | Circa March 12, 2010 #AutisticHistory

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[Note: Age of Autism is an autism propaganda site focused on the myth that vaccines cause autism. Vaccines DO NOT cause autism and Age of Autism is NOT an Autistic ally. ]

Investigation of autism researcher’s conduct sparks controversy

March 12, 2010

News that a prominent autism researcher is suspected of embezzling funds is providing fodder for the long-standing controversy over autism and vaccines. 

News that a prominent autism researcher is suspected of embezzling funds is providing fodder for the long-standing controversy over autism and vaccines.

Danish researcher Poul Thorsen contributed to several much-quoted studies that discounted any link between autism and mercury in vaccines. Now he’s being investigated for allegations he misappropriated $2 million of U.S. grant money at Aarhus University in Denmark. 

Autism blogs are abuzz with posts claiming that Thorsen’s research is as questionable as his alleged conduct. Dan Olmsted is editor of the Age of Autism blog:

Olmsted: We have had concerns. We have expressed them. Now we find out that this very important researcher may be a fraudulent operator – that’s worth thinking about

Dr. Michelle Rowe heads St. Joseph University’s Kinney Center for Autism Education. She says misconduct among scientists has a chilling effect on relationships between doctors and families:

This trust is very critical in health care, and when the trust is violated it becomes difficult for families to believe others in positions of power, so it gets generalized to everybody in that regard.

Dr. David Mandell of the Center for Autism Research agrees the studies Thorsen worked on should be reviewed. But he doesn’t believe the research has been compromised. He noted that Thorsen was not a lead researcher, the studies used government data, and they were peer-reviewed. This view is echoed in a statement from the Centers for Disease Control, which partly funded the vaccine research.

Thorsen was briefly associated with Drexel University’s school of public health, where he served on a thesis committee for a doctoral student. He resigned from this post on March 9th.



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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