Archived | ASA: Autism Action Anticipated in New Administration and Congress | Circa November 6, 2008 #NotAnAutisticAlly #BanABA

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Autism Action Anticipated in New Administration and Congress

On November 4, the United States of America elected Barack Obama as its 44th president. What will this mean for the autism community? Read more …

Sensory Friendly Films This Weekend!

Don’t miss the next ASA/AMC Sensory Friendly Film on Saturday, November 8! This month’s show is Madagascar 2Read more …

ABC News Launches Online Autism Resource

ABC News recently launched its OnCall+ Autism Center, where visitors can find answers to questions on autism answered by experts from prestigious medical centers across the country. Read more …

60 Minutes to Feature Musician with Autism

Health-Care Reform Will Remain a Top Priority of the 111th Congress

With a rising uninsured population, increased costs across the board and lingering concerns regarding the quality and affordability of the Medicare and Medicaid entitlement programs, Congressional leaders have a tall task ahead to enact meaningful health-care reform. The desire exists for broad changes to the health-care delivery system; however, the economic and federal budget situation may prevent large-scale reform. Read more …

Social Security Announces 5.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2009

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 55 million Americans will increase 5.8 percent in 2009, the Social Security Administration recently announced. The 5.8 percent increase is the largest since 1982. Read more


Study Links Precipitation and Autism

A new study has found that children living in counties with higher levels of annual precipitation appear more likely to have higher prevalence rates of autism. The results raise the possibility that an environmental trigger for autism may be associated with precipitation and may affect genetically vulnerable children. Read more


Don’t Miss the 2nd Annual NATTAP Conference!

Register today for the Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP) Conference, November 19-21 in Columbus, Ohio. The conference will feature numerous opportunities for learning, growth and discovery with the overall goal of improving outcomes for individuals ages 3-21. Read more …

Maximum Potential Offers DVD ABA Course

Maximum Potential produces an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) course that has 17 modules on eight DVDs taught by PhDs and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) to help anyone learn how to administer ABAtherapy at home, in school or in any other environment. Read more …


2009 ASA National Conference, July 22-25, 2009, in St. Charles, Illinois

The 2009 Call for Papers is now open! We hope you will consider submitting a paper to present this year. For more information, please visit The deadline is November 24.

The 2009 ASA National Conference will be held in St. Charles, Illinois, at the Pheasant Run Resort July 22-25, 2009.

We anticipate 2,000 attendees this year and more than 150 exhibitors, plus speakers from around the globe. In 2008, we were able to expand our professional credit offerings and create a comprehensive program that drew a record number of attendees.

If you’re interested in exhibiting, advertising in the conference program guide or becoming a sponsor, please contact Meg Ellacott at

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camp

The Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camp, to be held November 14-15 in Clarksville, Md., is open for registration. This is a comprehensive conference sponsored by the Howard County AutismSociety (HCAS) that covers special education law, advocating for your child, and getting the education and services they need and deserve. Read more …

TASH 2008 Conference

The theme of the 33rd Annual TASH conference, December 3-6 in Nashville, Tenn., is “Social Justice in the 21st Century,” achieving the full and equal participation of every member of society in a way that is shaped to meet each member’s unique needs. Read more …

Texas State Conference on Autism

The Texas State Conference on Autism, to be held December 4-6 at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, is a statewide conference for parents, school personnel and other professionals working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Read more …

Autism and Alternative Treatments Conference

A collaboration of organizations have come together to bring the Midwest an Autism and Alternative Treatments Conference in South Bend, Ind., January 30-31. Read more …


Libraries Produce Autism Training Video

For every 150 patrons at a public library, chances are that one has autism—and most librarians don’t have the experience to deal with them. That’s why the Scotch Plains Public Library and the Fanwood Memorial Library, both in New Jersey, produced a customer-service training video for its staffers to better serve those with autism and their families. Read more …

Gluten-Free Baking

Gluten-Free Baking Classics, 2nd Edition by Annalise Roberts includes more than 40 all-new recipes and is a great resource for people who want to enjoy their favorite baked goods, but must adhere to strict dietary constraints. Read more …

“JJ’s Journey, A Journey About Autism” Documentary 

JJ’s Journey, A Journey About Autism has been selected to play at the Mammoth Film Festival in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., November 13-23. Read more …

Online Social Networking Community Launched

Special Friends, a unique worldwide social networking site that aims to help people with learning disabilities and their parents/caregivers and volunteers keep in touch and communicate with each other, has recently been launched. Read more …

A Mom’s Guide through the Maze of Autism Treatment

When Sally Kirk’s son, Will, received the diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, (ASD), she did everything she could to understand his condition and to find ways of improving his quality of life. Hope for the AutismSpectrum: A Mother and Son Journey of Insight and Biomedical Intervention by Sally Kirk is a parent-to-parent guide of how she waded through the various treatment options until she found the biomedical interventions that dramatically improved her son’s condition. Read more …

Warning: This is quackery. “Natural” and other products and pseudoscience practices promoted for ‘healing, recovery, cure’ have harmed and even killed Autistics worldwide.

Now these extremist fringe groups have expanded to gaslight the public on COVID-19 ‘cures, healing, recovery” and many other arenas.

The Autistic Community is very familiar with quack cults like this … we’ve been battling the same group who has had many identifying names like: Mercury Mob/Mafia, Antivaxxers, BleachCult, and many more. These folks and organizations also battle Autistics over our civil and human rights. The names change, but the people, for the most part, remain the same.

Fact: Autistics are not vaccine-injured and Vaccines do not cause autism.

PSA: Don’t Drink Bleach.

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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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