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DR. THOMAS INSEL NAMED TO AUTISM SCIENCE FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NEW YORK, NY (November 9, 2017) – The Autism Science Foundation (ASF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing innovative autism research, today announced the appointment of Thomas R. Insel, M.D., president and co-Founder of Mindstrong Health, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Insel is the Former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and led mental health initiatives at Google X Life Sciences (now Verily Life Sciences).
“Tom is one of the world’s leading authorities in neuroscience and has been a strong and respected voice advocating for excellence and urgency in the field of autism research,” said Alison Singer, president and co-founder of the Autism Science Foundation.
“His insight has been invaluable as a member of our SAB, and we are delighted that he will be playing an expanded role in helping to chart the course for our organization and its research agenda.”
Most recently, Dr. Insel co-founded Mindstrong Health, an innovative startup that is redefining behavioral healthcare by developing technologies to diagnose and treat brain disorders. Its technology will give patients and providers a method to objectively and continuously measure mood, cognition, and behavior both at home and at work, delivering insights not possible with traditional clinical, neuropsychological, and imaging techniques.
“I am pleased to take on this new role as an ASF board member because I support the mission and the results-oriented approach of this impressive organization,” said Dr. Insel.
“This is an exciting time for ASF as it continues to expand its influence and deepen its reputation as a critical funder of innovative autism research and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
From 2002 until 2015, Dr. Insel led the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where he focused on serious mental illnesses with a defining theme of disorders of brain circuits, including schizophrenia, bipolar illness, and major depressive disorder. He established autism as a major area of focus for NIMH and led a large increase of NIH funding for autism science. Under Dr. Insel’s leadership, NIMH became a leader in global mental health, working closely with the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease.
After ending his 13-year tenure at the NIMH, Dr. Insel moved on to start the first mental health program within Google X Life Sciences (now Verily Life Sciences), which seeks to develop technologies for early detection and treatment of health problems. Formerly, Dr. Insel was Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, where he was the founding Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.
Dr. Insel has served on the Autism Science Foundation’s scientific advisory board since February 2016.
About the Autism Science Foundation:
The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting autism research. ASF also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation or to make a donation,
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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 work. In 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.