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(Last updated: December 9, 2021)
Board members/Staff: Deedra Blair, Michelle Smigel, Suzanne Aisenberg, Michael Auerbachj, Sharon Cunningham, Dr. Orrin Devinsky, Karen Siff Exkorn, Esther Fein, Rick Goldsmith, Doug Herzog, Tommy Hilfiger, Yie-Hsin Hung, Steven J. Kantor, Arlene Maidman, David Remnick, Bellanca Smigel Rutter, Robert Smigel, Jon Stewart, Tracey Stewart, Patricia Cayne, Ilene Lainer, Ophelia Rudin, William Rudin
Founding Executive Director: Jaimie Pagliaro
NYC Autism Charter School opened its doors in 2005 in East Harlem
It is the first school of it’s kind in New York.
Their school is rooted in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
NYC Autism Charter School began as a project under the umbrella of the former New York Center for Autism, now Next for Autism, a non-profit organization based in NYC.
February 11, 2005
Autism Speaks is founded by Bob & Suzanne Wright with family member Katie Wright and family friend, Bernie Marcus. Grandparents (and parent) of an Autistic. .
Harry and Laura Slatkin are board members.
Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright are profiled in an article in the August issue of Town and Country magazine entitled “Autism’s Angels.”
In the article, the Wrights discuss their reasons for founding Autism Speaks and the organization’s mission. The article looks at the work of a number of prominent autism advocates, including Autism Speaks board member Laura Slatkin and her husband Harry Slatkin, creators of the New York Center for Autism (NYCA) charter school, and Jim and Marilyn Simons, founders of the Simons Foundation & SFARI.
This article pushes ABA as the solution to autism.
January 2, 2007
A 12-minute version of Autism Every Day was first produced for, and screened at, “A New Decade for Autism,” a fundraising event held May 9, 2006, in New York to benefit Autism Speaks and the New York Center for Autism Charter School.
June 9, 2011
Autism’s new venture capitalists: Laura Slatkin and Ilene Lainer are teaming up with hedge fund giant Jim Simons to create a new resource for people with autism
June 9, 2011
New England Center for Children is mentioned in an article with Laura Slatkin, co-founder of NEXT for Autism and board member for Autism Speaks.
Autism Speaks co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright introduced the film and participated in a post-screening Q&A session with Autism Speaks board member Laura Slatkin, Michele Pierce Burns and Jesse and Ana Mojica.
October 12, 2012
New location: NYC Autism Charter School Bronx
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.