Autism Speaks: CDC Update On Autism Shows Gap Between Early Concerns And Formal Evaluation Risking A Delay In Intervention For Children | Circa March 31, 2016 #NotAnAutisticAlly #BanABA

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Autism Speaks: CDC Update On Autism Shows Gap Between Early Concerns And Formal Evaluation Risking A Delay In Intervention For Children

Autism Speaks calls for personalized medical care, services and supports across the lifespan

NEW YORK, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released its newest estimate of autism prevalence among the nation’s children. The report shows that, overall, less than half the children identified with autism (43 percent) had received comprehensive developmental evaluations by age 3. This proved true despite the fact that the vast majority (87 percent) had developmental concerns noted in their medical or educational records before age 3. Currently, autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2, with earlier diagnosis affording greater opportunities for intervention that supports healthy development and improves function and quality of life.

The new report also found that black and Hispanic children continue to receive developmental evaluations later than white children and continue to be diagnosed with autism at lower rates. In addition, the newest estimate of autism prevalence among the nation’s children remained unchanged, at 1 in 68, from two years ago.

In response to these findings, Autism Speaks calls on legislators, public health agencies, the National Institutes of Health and others to join in urgently advancing programs such as universal autism screening for toddlers and enhanced and expanded early intervention services – as well as the personalized medical care, support and resources needed by the growing numbers of people with autism now reaching adulthood.

“While we continue to focus on increasing access to earlier identification and quality services for all children with autism, it’s vital for us to remember that the 1 in 150 children counted in the first 2007 CDC prevalence report are now adults,” says Autism Speaks President and Chief Executive Officer Angela Geiger. “While some individuals are thriving, many, many others need personalized support and services to reach their full individual potential for the rest of their lives. Autism Speaks is dedicated to providing that support while advancing research that addresses the unmet needs of both children and adults across the autism spectrum.” 

Autism Speaks initiatives include: Developing resources for every stage of life; advancing innovative research that will lead to better understanding of autism and personalized treatments; providing grants to local service providers; fostering employment opportunities and diverse housing and residential supports options; and spearheading state and federal advocacy efforts on behalf of people with autism and their families.   

The limitations of indirect monitoring 
To estimate autism prevalence, the CDC uses a surveillance system called the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. ADDM investigators estimate prevalence based on the educational and medical records of 8-year-olds at 11 sites across the country. The focus on 8-year-olds is based on the assumption that most cases of autism are diagnosed by that age. 

A major limitation of the ADDM surveillance system is that it may miss children without records of an autism diagnosis or symptoms. 

“There’s evidence to suggest that these numbers may still underestimate the true prevalence of autism in the United States,” says epidemiologist Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks director of public health research. “We need to understand why we may be missing autism cases in order to ensure that sufficient services are in place to support individuals across the autism spectrum and across the lifespan.”

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, and repetitive behaviors. 

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. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. 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

SOURCE Autism Speaks


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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