[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Eric London is a co-founder of the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) which merged with Autism Speaks in 2006. He is also a co-founder of IMFAR and is affiliated with Autism Speaks and the Autism Science Foundation among others.
Eric London co-founded the National Alliance for Autism Research with his wife, Karen Margulis London, in July 1994.
He is a psychiatrist in private practice in New Jersey with specializations in autism and related developmental disorders, substance dependence and geriatric psychiatry. London is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and also serves as consulting psychiatrist to Hunterdon Developmental Center in New Jersey.
London received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Brandeis University and his M.D. from New York Medical College and is Board certified in psychiatry and neurology. He completed two research fellowships in geriatric psychiatry and has published on geriatric psychiatry, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.
He currently lectures and publishes on autism and mental retardation. He is the father of a teenage son with 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.