Archived | Autism Speaks Third Annual BLUE JEAN BALL to Honor Chuck Saftler of FX Networks with Special Acoustic Performance by Dave Grohl | Circa September 10, 2013 #NotAnAutisticAlly #BanABA

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Autism Speaks Third Annual BLUE JEAN BALL to Honor Chuck Saftler of FX Networks with Special Acoustic Performance by Dave Grohl

Hosted by Extra’s Maria Menounos and Actor Michael Chiklis

Presented by The GUESS? Foundation

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, proudly presents its third annual BLUE JEAN BALL, honoring Autism Speaks Board of Directors’ Member Chuck Saftler. Saftler, who is President of Program Strategy and Chief Operating Officer of FX Networks, is being honored for his dedication to autism awareness. Presented by The GUESS? Foundation, the BLUE JEAN BALL will take place Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood. 

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The headline attraction of the evening will be a special acoustic set by Grammy® Award-winning music legend Dave Grohl. In addition, The White Buffalo with singer/songwriter Jake Smith (Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways) will perform. Hosting the event will be television personality Maria Menounos (Extra) and Emmy® Award-winning Actor Michael Chiklis (The ShieldVegas, The Commish). Artist John Matos (CRASH) will premiere a limited edition print dedicated to Autism Speaks. World-renowned DJ Splyce will be providing entertainment throughout the evening. 

The Autism Speaks BLUE JEAN BALL is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for innovative autism research and resources for individuals and families affected by the disorder. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information are available at events.autismspeaks.org/bluejeanball.

“We are proud to honor our good friend Chuck Saftler, and to acknowledge his tireless efforts in raising funds and awareness for the autism community,” said Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks. “Chuck and his wife, Colleen, are champions for the cause. What a perfect year to recognize his contributions to our mission, given the success of FX’s The Bridge, featuring a very real character on the autism spectrum.” Feld continued, “We are thrilled and grateful to have the talented Dave Grohl perform. Dave has been an advocate for all children and we are so thankful for his contribution to our cause.”  

“One in 88 children is currently diagnosed with autism, and the annual cost for families living with the disorder is an average of $60,000,” added Matt Asner, Executive Director of Southern California for Autism Speaks. “Now, more than ever, we need to raise awareness and assure that research, advocacy and family service initiatives continue to be funded. What better way to make a little noise than with a rock and roll concert?”

The BLUE JEAN BALL has become one of Autism Speaks’ signature special events and second largest fundraiser in Southern California,” said 2013 event Co-Chairs and Board of Directors’ members Nikki Pesusich of Coterie Media and Georgianna Junco-Kelman, Special Education Attorney. Past participants and honorees have included Sarah McLachlan, Toni Braxton, Paul Marciano, photographer Rob Shanahan, Sinbad, Brooke White, Raphael Saadiq, Sarah Shahi, Beth Reisgraph, Nikki Reed and Paul MacDonald, among others.

About Autism

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis. 

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaksevents are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

CONTACT:

Nikki PesusichCheri Warner             
Coterie MediaWeissman/Markovitz Communications     
818.788.7650Tel: 818.760.8995 / Cell: 818.390.0999    
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Note/Warning:

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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