[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Jon Shestack was the co-founder of the now defunct Cure Autism Now (CAN). CAN merged with Autism Speaks in 2007.
Jonathan Shestack joined the board and executive committee of Autism Speaks in February 2007, following the merger with Cure Autism Now (CAN). He and his wife, Portia Iversen, founded CAN in 1995.
In its 12-year history, CAN contributed more than $39 million to autism research and education programs, established a federal advocacy initiative which led passage of the Children’s Health Act of 2000 and Combating Autism Act of 2006, and raised the profile of autism through celebrity outreach and grassroots initiatives. Shestack also founded CAN’s flagship program, the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE).
In 2002, Shestack was appointed as one of three public members to the NIH Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and serves on the Subcommittee on Screening and Early Diagnosis. Shestack also serves on the Internal Citizens Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and two bio-ethics task forces–a Department of Energy group on issues of ethics and gene patenting and the Stanford University Center on Integrating Ethics and Genetic Research.
Shestack is a film producer based at New Line. His current projects include Touchstone’s “Dan in Real Life.” He was president of production of Artisan Entertainment and executive vice president of Beacon Entertainment where he produced “Air Force One,” “Family Man” and “Bring It On.” He and Portia reside in Los Angeles with their three children, one of whom is affected by autism.
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.