[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Music Producer, Songwriter
CEO of Green Bloom, Inc/BMG, a Joint Venture between Mann and KKR/BMG Chrysalis Rights Management
William “Billy” Mann, a Philadelphia native, began his career as a singer-songwriter, signing to A&M Records in 1994.
During that same period, he began writing, arranging and producing records for what became a string of releases with many of the biggest music artists in the world, reaching sales of more than 125 million albums that earned Grammys, Grammy nominations, Juno Awards and more.
P!nk, Robyn, Art Garfunkel, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, Take That, Sting, Joss Stone and Martina McBride are among the long list of prestigious artists in his discography.
In 2001, Mann established a development company, Stealth Entertainment, which went on to build multi-platinum, award-winning, chart-topping songwriters, artists, producers and mixing engineers, with special focus on brand partnerships.
In 2007, Mr. Mann joined EMI Music as creative advisor and a member of the board. He was subsequently appointed chief creative officer before taking on the roles of president of New Music A&R International and president of Global Artist Management. While at EMI, Mr. Mann oversaw EMI’s rosters in more than 30 countries around the world and led the development of some of the company’s most successful international artists, including David Guetta, Bebe, Helene Fischer, Tiziano Ferro, Robyn, Pablo Albaron and Empire of the Sun, among others.
In 2010, Mr. Mann was named president of creative for BMG Rights Management, North America, and founded Manncom Creative Partners and Green & Bloom/TOPL1NE Entertainment — a new hybrid development/publishing company, which he chairs in partnership with BMG.
In 2015, Mr. Mann founded The Colors You Like with filmmaker Torre Catalano, a Los Angeles-based company that meets the creative, strategic and marketing needs of corporations, brands, artists and events.
In addition to being a member of Autism Speaks national board, Mr. Mann is a co-founder of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and was an elected Governor of Songwriters in New York for the National Academy of Arts & Sciences (Grammys).
In 2007, Mr. Mann helped draft the autism policy for the Obama/Biden presidential campaign (also securing a dedicated “autism” destination on their digital platform) and later had the honor of watching his oldest son, Jasper, receive the first pen in the Oval Office from President Obama after he signed H.R. 2005, the Combatting Autism Reauthorization Act in 2011.
In December 2013, The Manns were presented the Champion Award at The Winter Ball at the Met by the honorable U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.), one of the original sponsors of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE). Mr. Mann resides in Connecticut and is a proud husband and the father of four children.
via autism speaks
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.