Video | Go The Distance For Autism 2012 with Senator Robert Menendez | April 28, 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA

Alpine Learning Group, not an Autistic ally. Ban ABA.

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


The third annual Go the Distance for Autism Bike Event will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. The event is a collaborative effort by four northern New Jersey schools for learners with autism — Alpine Learning Group in Paramus, The EPIC School in Paramus, Garden Academy in Maplewood and REED Academy in Oakland.

Mybergen.com has returned as a sponsor of this major Bergen County fundraiser for the third consecutive year. In the past two years, participants have ridden over 21,000 miles and raised more than $900,000 in support of this event. All funds raised from this event will benefit the four schools.

Go the Distance for Autism has announced that Senator Robert Menendez is Chair of the 2012 event.

“I am proud to be part of Go the Distance for Autism. This is great opportunity to join forces with parents and professionals to raise awareness about the needs and challenges faced by children and adults with autism. I am proud to have championed the passage of Combating Autism Reauthorization Act last September, which is vital to ensuring that research programs continue finding breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment, and that training and intervention programs continue providing families the tools they need to better understand and manage autism.”

This year’s event includes rides for cyclists of all levels. The 50 and 25 mile rides begin at 8:30am and 10:00am respectively, the Kids Ride begins at 10:00 am, the 10 mile ride begins at 11:00 am and the Family Ride starts at 11:30 am. Bike route maps and a full description of the event are available at http://www.gtd4autism.org. The event is open to the public and riders can register individually or as a team at http://www.gtd4autism.org.

All registered riders receive entrance to the Family Fun area which includes food and beverage, entertainment, bounce houses, games and a Community Pavilion featuring local businesses and non-profit agencies. A host of local businesses are sponsoring Go the Distance for Autism. To date, TD Bank and Ramsey Auto Group are the premier event sponsors joined by Kearney Federal Savings Bank, Columbia Bank, Cullari, Carrico, Soojian, Burke, LLC, Drive for Rebecca, Hackensack Digestive Disease Associates and Resnick Capital Markets as Platinum Sponsors. Diamond Sponsors include Comengo Law Group, Joseph De Vita, Inc., Heller Capital Partners, Hinkle Fingles Prior, Infusion, Kindersmiles, Lapatka Associates, Mayerson and Associates, Pashman Stein, Prestige BMW, Strategic Employee Benefit Services, and Willis Insurance.

Media Sponsors are mybergen.com, 201 and Bergen.com. Cycling support is being provided by Pedal Sports of Oakland and Ridgewood Cycle Shop. Alpine Learning Group, The EPIC School, Garden Academy and REED Academy are non-profit schools located in northern NJ that provide educational and behavioral services to learners with autism.

Autism is a neurobiologically-based developmental disability that emerges during a child’s first three years of life. Children with autism display marked impairments in communication and social skills as well as a restricted range of interests and behavior. Autism affects approximately 1 in 110 individuals nationwide each year. In New Jersey, this figure increases to 1 in 94.

For more information about the event, visit http://www.gtd4autism.org; for more information on the schools, visit http://www.alpinelearninggroup.orghttp://www.epicschool.orghttp://www.gardenacademy.org and http://www.reedacademy.org. You’ll find more great North Jersey area videos on http://www.mybergen.com


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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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