Archived | Prominent Atlanta Attorney, Charlie Shaffer, Joins The Marcus Institute As CEO | Circa June 5, 2003 #BanABA #AutisticHistory

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Prominent Atlanta Attorney, Charlie Shaffer, Joins The Marcus Institute As CEO

Shaffer possessed the leadership abilities to keep the original vision, mission and values of the Marcus Institute embedded in the culture

For Immediate Release: June 05, 2003

ATLANTA, June 5, 2003- The Marcus Institute, a comprehensive resource center for children with developmental disabilities and severe and challenging behaviors, today announced Charlie M. Shaffer, Jr. has been named president and chief executive officer, effective in August.  

“This is a significant moment in time for the Marcus Institute,” said Bernie Marcus, founder of the Marcus Institute. “We explored many options to find a viable candidate, and it was no easy task with the high-level of candidates we evaluated. In the end, we found Charlie Shaffer possessed the leadership abilities to keep the original vision, mission and values of the Marcus Institute embedded in the culture. It will be great to have a president and CEO from our own backyard.”

The Marcus Institute is a charitable, not-for-profit 501(C) 3 community based center. Its mission is to provide information, services and programs to people with developmental disabilities, severe and challenging behaviors and their families. The foremost goal is to rally support and spearhead unified advocacy for these individuals so they can experience a greater quality of life and participate as fully as possible in family, school, and community life. 

Shaffer, a senior partner at the Atlanta-based law firm of King & Spalding, is well-known throughout Atlanta, having participated in many different civic endeavors, beyond his 36 years as a trial lawyer with the firm. He was one of the Original Nine who played a prominent role in promoting Atlanta’s bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Shaffer is the National Co-Chair of a major $1.8 billion capital campaign now taking place for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shaffer was instrumental in Atlanta securing the 2000 Super Bowl and the 2007 NCAA Final Four tournament, and also served as president of the Atlanta Bar Association in 1980-81. Last week at the Annual Meeting of the Atlanta Bar Association, Shaffer received the prestigious Charles E. Watkins, Jr. Award for distinguished and sustained service to the Atlanta Bar Association.

“I am anxious to begin this new chapter in my life,” Shaffer said. “Having become familiar with the great things the Marcus Institute does for children and knowing the commitment Bernie Marcus has made to the Institute, I am excited about taking on this new responsibility at this time in my career.”

In his new role as President and CEO, Shaffer will concentrate on further developing the community’s awareness of the Institute, expanding the Board of Directors to include additional corporate and community leaders and guiding the Institute through an expansion of its services and programs. The Marcus Institute had its beginnings as the Marcus Developmental Resource Center at Emory University in 1990 as a result of a generous donation to the Children’s Research Center in the Department of Pediatrics by Bernie and Billi Marcus.

Through the encouragement and financial support of the Marcus family, Marcus Institute has become a nationally recognized center for excellence for the provision of coordinated and comprehensive services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, severe and challenging behaviors and their families.


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John Moore Edelman
(404) 262-3000

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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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