Archived | Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta To Open Marcus Autism Center | Circa July 1, 2008 #NotAnAutisticAlly #BanABA

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


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta To Open Marcus Autism Center 

ATLANTA, July 1, 2008 – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Bernie and Billi Marcus announced today that they are joining forces in the fight against autism. Children’s will develop a new wholly owned subsidiary, Marcus Autism Center, which will offer services for children with autism.

Children’s plans to collaborate with Emory University, Georgia Tech and other academic and community-based organizations who are already serving the needs of children with autism in Georgia. Together, there is an opportunity to leverage the extraordinary research, resources and capabilities already available in Georgia to help improve the lives of these children and their families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the country – 1 in 110 children nationally are diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder. 

“We’ve got a real issue on our hands. My wife, Billi, and I recognize the important need for a center that will bring together educators, researchers, the medical community, and others,” said Bernie Marcus, founder of The Marcus Institute. “Children’s was the ideal partner for this endeavor, given its proven track record as a clinical provider and focus on caring for Georgia’s kids.”

In July 2008, Children’s will begin offering services at the Marcus Autism Center, located on Briarcliff Road where the Marcus Institute currently operates. Services will include programs designed to diagnose, treat and provide support for children who have been diagnosed with, or exhibit signs of autism. 

“We will build upon Bernie’s and Billi’s vision and will strive to add value to the fight against autism,” said Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta President and CEO Donna Hyland.  “With this new endeavor, we will build upon the great work already taking place to help children with autism here in our state.”

Children’s will seek to utilize its resources in developing the Marcus Autism Center to continue diagnosing and treating Georgia’s children with autism. 

“We believe Children’s must address autism in a meaningful way in order to support our continued pursuit to become a world-class pediatric health care system,” said Douglas J. Hertz, Chairman of the Children’s Board of Trustees. “This collaboration will be a great building-block toward us achieving one of our long-term strategies in caring for the children of Georgia.”

Many autistic children also are diagnosed with other medical conditions and Children’s aims to improve the coordination of care for these patients and their families.

“Developmental disorders like autism often cause families many unanswered questions,” said Marcus. “The Marcus Autism Center is a big step toward the evolution of autism care here in Georgia that will hopefully begin answering these questions.”


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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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