Archived | Statement From Autism Speaks | Circa November 2, 2015 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

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


Statement From Autism Speaks

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Suzanne Wright, Autism Speaks Co-Founder and Board member, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Suzanne will take a leave of absence from her work with Autism Speaks to manage her medical care. 

In 2005, Suzanne and Bob Wright co-founded Autism Speaks after their grandson, Christian, was diagnosed with autism. That same year, Suzanne and Phil Geier, Autism Speaks Board member and former Chairman and CEO of the Interpublic Group of Companies, created the iconic blue puzzle piece that has come to represent autism. Working with the Ad Council and BBDO Worldwide, Suzanne and Bob Wright launched a ten year PSA autism awareness campaign that has earned nearly $600 million in donated media. Over the last ten years, Suzanne has led the organization’s signature global awareness initiatives. She was instrumental in establishing April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Dayby the United Nations, launched our global Light It Up Blue campaign, and established World Focus on Autism, Autism Speaks’ annual meeting of First Ladies from around the globe.

Suzanne is an inspiration to all of us. She is known to countless families for her personal notes and generosity, as well as for her leadership and support of many of Autism Speaks Walks around the country. During this time, the Autism Speaks family will keep Suzanne in its thoughts and continue to be motivated by her example.

Liz Feld                                                                       
President, Autism Speaks    

Brian Kelly
Chairman of the Board, Autism Speaks

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 more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in nearly 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

SOURCE Autism Speaks



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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