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ASF Co-Founder Karen London and ASF Scientific Advisor Dr. Eric London Recieve INSAR Advocate Award
May 12, 2011
(May 12, 2011 – San Diego, CA) – Autism Science Foundation Co-Founder Karen London and Autism Science Foundation Scientific Advisory Board Member Dr. Eric London today received the International Society of Autism Research (INSAR) Advocate Award. The inaugural award was presented at the 10th Anniversary International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in San Diego, CA.
The Londons, who founded the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR), were cited for their pivotal role in creating the field of parent advocacy in the autism community and for co-founding IMFAR in 2001. Portia Iverson and Jon Shestak, founders of Cure Autism Now (CAN), also received lifetime achievement awards at this year’s IMFAR.
In accepting the award, Karen London said “We founded NAAR in 1994 at a time when ‘autism research’ was considered an oxymoron and autism was still called a ‘rare’ disorder. Sixteen years later, although our understanding of autism has advanced, the need for breakthroughs, given recent prevalence numbers, is even more urgent. Like NAAR, the Autism Science Foundation has and will continue to maintain a laser-like focus on accelerating research into causes, treatments and cures.”
Following the diagnosis of their son, Zachary, Karen and Eric London co-founded NAAR in 1994. Karen served as NAAR’s President for seven years and as a trustee for 11 years, and took the lead in NAAR’s fundraising and chapter creation. As “volunteer director” of NAAR’s thousands of volunteers, she traveled the country – often with Zachary by her side – to “Walk FAR for NAAR” with the tens of thousands who walked to raise money for autism research. In 2009, Karen joined with former Autism Speaks Senior Vice President & former NAAR Walk Chair Alison Singer to launch the Autism Science Foundation, which continues NAAR’s commitment to research funding and scientific excellence, and is a proud sponsor of the IMFAR conference. NAAR was the first organization in the US dedicated to funding and accelerating biomedical research and science-based approaches in autism.
Dr. Eric London set the direction of NAAR’s research portfolio, planned multi-disciplinary scientific conferences, created the Autism Tissue Program & the Baby Siblings Research Consortium, and wrote and lectured extensively. Before IMFAR, he regularly attended meetings in various disciplines to encourage scientists to consider the relevancy of their work to autism and changed the trajectory of more than a few careers. Following the merger of NAAR and Autism Speaks, Dr. London served for three years on the Executive Board and Science Advisory Committee. In his years as a psychiatrist, he has treated thousands of children and adults on the autism spectrum. He is currently Director of Autism Treatment Research at the NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities. He is a founding member of the Autism Science Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board.
“Karen and Eric have truly left a lasting imprint on the autism advocacy community,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation and mother of a daughter with autism. “Our goal at the Autism Science Foundation is to build on NAAR’s unwavering dedication to autism research and science, fund critically-needed autism research and deliver the answers our families need.” Earlier this month, the Autism Science Foundation announced that in its first two years of operations, it had already awarded almost half a million dollars in autism research grant funding.
The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting autism research. ASF also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.
To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation or to make an online donation visit http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org.
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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.