Archived | More Than 55,000 People Expected to Participate in the 13th Annual “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” at The Rose Bowl | Circa April 13, 2015 #NotAnAutisticAlly #BanABA

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

More Than 55,000 People Expected to Participate in the 13th Annual “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” at The Rose Bowl, April 18

Walk Now Is North America’s Largest Grassroots Autism Walk

LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — More than 55,000 people are expected to unite for the 13th annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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For the 12th year, ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor Phillip Palmer will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Univision anchor Gabriela Teissier will also be participating. Many notable attendees feted to attend include David Marciano (Homeland), Max Burkholder (Parenthood), Cousin Sal (Jimmy Kimmel Live), among others. 

“Last year’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks Los Angeles hosted 55,000 people and raised $1.88M,” said Jennifer Jones, Autism Speaks Director, Field Development for Southern California. “Autism is an epidemic. Every 11 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism – that’s one in 68 children (and one in 42 boys). The annual cost for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders is an average of $60,000. I’m proud of this great Los Angeles community that has come together to help raise these much needed funds and support.” 

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is North America’s largest grassroots autism walk and was named the highest fundraising autism walk in the country for 2014.  Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research, family programs and services, and raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S., and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

Registration, entertainment and stage programs begin at 8 a.m. The Walk starts at 9 a.m. and will continue on a rolling basis every ten minutes through 11:00 a.m.

SPONSORS include Butterfly Effects: ABA Therapy, Capital Group, Care 1st, 51 Fifty Energy Drinks, LA Federal Credit Union, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, My Gym, Perricone Farms, Premier Healthcare Services, Sketchers, Strom Klein & Associates, Toyota, Trident Case, Vivint, We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym and Zenith.

MEDIA SPONSORS include ABC7, Autism Live, 93.1 Jack FM, KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO, L.A. ParentPasadena-Star News, Univision 34 Los Angeles and Variety

IN-KIND DONATION SPONSORS: illy issimo Coffee Beverages, Kidspace Children’s Museum, KIND Bars, Kinetic Sand, Law Offices of Georgianna Junco-Kelman, MTB Event Rental, Ralphs, RWB Party Props, Sprouts Farmers Market and Woodsmall Law Group.

For more information on the LA Walk Now for Autism Speaks:


Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and photograph participants, volunteers and special guests. Press credentials and check-in are required. Please contact or

Weissman/Markovitz Communications 
Cheri Warner | Nicole Player 
Office: 818.760.8995 
Cell: Cheri – 818.390.0999 | Nicole – 510.292.3649 


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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