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Lisa Goring, Chief Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Officer
Lisa Goring joined Autism Speaks in 2006, and has served in various leadership positions throughout her tenure. In her current role, she is responsible for the development, implementation and organizational coordination of all strategic priorities. She also oversees marketing, communications and digital, fueling Autism Speaks commitment to increasing global understanding and acceptance of people with autism and leading a comprehensive strategy to drive the organization’s mission forward.
Under Ms. Goring’s leadership, Autism Speaks has offered resources and support to millions of individuals and families nationwide. These vital materials include a Resource Guide to help people with autism and their families find service providers, a specially trained Autism Response Team that provides real-time, personalized support to individuals and families, and a wide variety of Autism Speaks tool kits, including the 100 Day Tool Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families, the Transition Tool Kit and dozens of additional tool kits to support autistic individuals and their families of all levels of need and at every stage of life.
In addition, Ms. Goring has implemented many Autism Speaks grant programs to expand services and supports for people with autism of all ages. She was one of the founding members of Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) and served as treasurer.
Prior to Autism Speaks, Ms. Goring spent 19 years at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she was a vice president of merchandising, responsible for sales volume and profitability across stores, direct mail and digital channels.
Ms. Goring holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Boston University. She and her husband have two adult children, one of whom has 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.