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Autism Speaks Celebrity Chef Gala brings more than 70 top chefs to Cipriani Wall Street

Hosted by Cooking Channel’s Adam Richman, gala raises funds for research and resources for children and adults with autism

NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — More than 70 of America’s most accomplished chefs created their signature appetizers, entrees and desserts Tuesday night at the Autism Speaks Celebrity Chef Gala. Cipriani Wall Street was transformed into a culinary showcase, hosted by Adam Richman of Cooking Channel’s “Secret Eats with Adam Richman.” Award-winning chefs and mixologists presented hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails, then each head chef served a different four-course meal – prepared right at the table – for 10 guests. 

Chaired by AMC Networks Chief Transformation Officer Jennifer Caserta, the gala raised funds for Autism Speaks, the global research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of people with autism, across the spectrum and throughout the life span. Eighty-five cents of every dollar funds research, advocacy, programs and services. 

Participating chefs included: 

David Bazirgan – Bambara 
Chad Brown – Hunt & Fish Club
Cesare Cassella – Cassella’s Salumi
Luciano Duco – Locanda Verde
Michael Ferraro – Delicatessen
Silvano Fiorindo – Cipriani Wall Street
Michael Ginor and Lenny Messina – LOLA Restaurant and Hudson Valley Foie Gras
Michael Kornick – Ada Street
Julian Medina – La Chula
Tony Nguyen – Crustacean Beverly Hills
Doug Psaltis – RPM Steak & RPM Italian
Ralph Scamardella – TAO
John Tesar – Knife

Celebrity Chef Gala photos are available to the media via Getty Images.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to

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Autism Speaks
An Autism Speaks Initiative
Interactive Autism Network (IAN)
Cure Autism Now
Autism Clinical Trials Network (ACTN)
Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE)
Autism TIssue Program (ATP)
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)
Autism Treatment Network (ATN)
Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P)
Autism Care Network
Alpha Xi Delta
Parents As Partners


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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