Archived | The New England Center for Children Celebrates Autism Awareness Month | Circa April 1, 2021 #BanABA #AutisticHistory

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

The New England Center for Children Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

In time of COVID-19, awareness and acceptance of autism is critical for under-served and vulnerable population.

Southborough, MA, April 01, 2021 –(– The New England Center for Children® (NECC®), a global leader in education and research for children with autism, announced today that it will join in the nationwide celebration of Autism Awareness Month this April. NECC will educate and advocate for autism, commit to a kinder world, share resources and stories on social media, promote global understanding and acceptance, and raise funds for autism through community action.

“Autism Awareness Month, particular in these times of COVID-19, is important to foster understanding and acceptance of autism on the global stage,” said Vincent Strully, Jr., Founder and CEO of The New England Center for Children. “When we founded NECC 45 years ago, our vision was a world where autism was not a barrier to happiness, growth and independence. Autism acceptance has grown tremendously during that time, yet more can still be done.”

Beginning with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, the month-long Autism Awareness and Autism Acceptance campaigns are designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism. It is a celebration of differences that focus on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.

NECC will join autism organizations around the world for the April 2 Light It Up Blue campaign, illuminating in blue its Massachusetts and Abu Dhabi, UAE, facilities to raise awareness of autism. NECC will also commemorate the month with fundraising efforts for its largest annual community event, the 5K Walk/Run. For the second consecutive year, the event will be held virtually on May 1 using the Charge Running App. Nearly 1,000 community members participate each year, raising more than $2.2 million since 2007 to benefit autism education.

Founded in 1975, NECC has served more than 13,500 children with autism and their families. NECC has grown into the pre-eminent institution for autism education, research and training. NECC has built a global network of educators, researchers and innovative technology that transforms the lives of children with autism.

Serving in the Time of Corona

This year more than ever, individuals with autism and their families are struggling with the challenges of daily living and learning. Committed to the ongoing support and education of their students, NECC made significant PPE and on-site testing investments. The school enacted safety protocols and practices above and beyond state and Federal requirements. NECC remained open for residential students and re-opened the day school at the earliest opportunity in July, 2020. COVID-19 cases were minimal and none were severe. NECC was a model of best practices, achieving their education goals at a time when many schools were closed or in hybrid models.

“Individuals with autism deserve to have the highest quality of life possible, especially in the challenging times of COVID-19. Autism Awareness Month is key to providing more widespread understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder (ASD),” said Dr. Jessica Sassi, a member of the Executive Committee at NECC. “Acceptance of autism is particularly important in communities that lack resources for individuals with autism and their families.”

Driving Worldwide Awareness

NECC has helped thousands of children worldwide through its centers, consulting services, and ACE® ABA Software System. NECC operates or consults in Lebanon; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE; Doha, Qatar; Gurgaon, India; Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia; and in Brazil, Australia, Italy, England, Canada and other countries. The ACE Software is currently used in 19 countries.

NECC’s professional development program has graduated many of the autism service industry’s leaders – teachers, behavior analysts, and researchers inside and outside of NECC whose training and dedication have helped thousands of children with autism and their families.

NECC’s focus on education, technology, and ABA research drives their success in helping transform the lives of children with autism and their families. NECC research is conducted at the school and the results form a continuous feedback of best practice curriculum refinement. The research is also integrated into the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia, or ACE® ABA Software System, a cloud-based teaching system that is used by more than 8,000 students and teachers across the United States and in 19 countries.

Critical to NECC’s success is the staff, nearly 1,300 highly committed and compassionate professionals that include 184 Board Certified Behavior Analysts, 305 master’s level educators, and 19 Ph.Ds.

Media Note

Interviews with NECC executives, teachers and families are available. Graphics, photographs and video b-roll can be provided.

About The New England Center for Children

The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) is a private, nonprofit center providing evidence-based treatment and services for children with autism. Programs include in-home ABA therapy for infants and toddlers, a full-service day school for children age 4-22, and a safe, structured residential program that seamlessly integrates with the day school. NECC also oversees special education classrooms in public schools throughout New England and consults with families around the world. The technology division has patented its curriculum – the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia (ACE®) ABA Software System – which is used by more than 8,000 learners worldwide.

NECC is committed to diversity and staff professional development, partnering with local colleges to provide on-site graduate training and degrees at little to no cost to the NECC teacher. The result is a growing pool of exceptional teachers trained in best-in-class methodologies, whether they continue their careers at NECC or move on to public schools or private agencies. The New England Center for Children is based in Southborough, MA, and operates a center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Learn more at


The New England Center for Children
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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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