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2004 Marcus Institute Board of Directors

Bernie Marcus
Chairman, Marcus Foundation

Frederick S. Slagle
Executive Director, Marcus Foundation

Charles M. Shaffer, Jr.
CEO/President
Marcus Institute

Frederick R. Marcus
Visiting Scholar in Philosophy
Emory University

Michael M. E. Johns, M. D.
Executive VP Health Affairs
Emory University

Gary Goldstein, M. D.
CEO/President
Kennedy Krieger Institute

James M. Anders, Jr.
COO, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Peter S. Fanning, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President
Marcus Institute

Benjamin T. White
Partner, Alston & Bird, LLP

Sue Nardelli
Community Volunteer

Michael Alan Leven
CEO/Chairman
US Franchise Systems, Inc.

Donald Speaks
President/CEO
Don Speaks and Associates 

Carolyn Ferrari
Community Leader

J. Scott Wilfong
CEO/President
SunTrust Bank, Atlanta

Dr. Barbara Stoll
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop,M.D.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Thomas Lawley,M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine
Emory University

Colleen Nunn
Community Leader


2008 Marcus Institute Board of Directors

Bernard Marcus, Chairman 
The Marcus Foundation, Inc. 

Jim Anders, COO 
Kennedy Krieger Institute 

Michael F. Cataldo, Ph.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute 

Peter S. Fanning, Ed. D. 
Executive Vice President &
Chief Administrative Officer 
Emeritus 
The Marcus Institute 

Gary Goldstein, M.D. 
President and CEO
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Michael M.E. Johns, M.D. 
Chancellor 
Emory University 

Thomas Lawley, M.D.
Office of the Dean 
Emory University School of Medicine 

Steven K. Leibel 
Attorney 
Casey Gibson Leibel, P. C. 

Michael Alan Leven 
Vice President of the Marcus Foundation 

Fred Marcus, Ph.D. 

Colleen Nunn 

Caryl M. Paller 

Gary Peacock, Jr. 
President and CEO 
SunTrust Bank, Atlanta 

Charles M. Shaffer, Jr. 
Retired President and CEO 
The Marcus Institute

Frederick (Rick) S. Slagle, Secretary 
Executive Director 
The Marcus Foundation 

Pam Smart

Don Speaks 
President and CEO 
Don Speaks and Associates 

Barbara Stoll, M.D. 
Professor and Chairman 
Department of Pediatrics 
Emory University 

Benjamin T. White 
Alston & Bird, LLP

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, M.D. 
Medical Epidemiologist 
National Center on Birth Defects and 
Developmental Disabilities 
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention



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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