Archive | Chuck Saftler of Autism Speaks | #AutisticHistory #StopBigAutism #BanABA

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 04: Chuck Saftler attends Autism Speaks’ “Into The Blue” Gala at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Doheny/Getty Images for Autism Speaks)

[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]

Chuck Saftler

President of Program Strategy and Chief Operating Officer, FX Networks

Chuck Saftler is president of program strategy and chief operating officer of FX Networks and oversees programming strategies, including scheduling and acquisitions, program operations, business operations and digital operations for FX, FXX and FXM.

In addition, Mr. Saftler oversees special programs and hosted content, including FX’s The Download, all award show coverage including FXX’s The Creative Arts Emmys and FXM’s Red Carpet coverage, FXX’s new late night Animation Domination block and, in conjunction with FX Digital Marketing, the new video-on-demand app FXNOW featuring Simpsons World. 

Mr. Saftler has the longest tenure of any FX Networks employee, having joined FX in December 1993 as director of scheduling, seven months prior to the network’s launch. 

In addition to being a member of the FX launch team, he also helped launch Fox Movie Channel in its original incarnation as fXM in October 1994. He was promoted to vice president of programming in 1996, and then to senior vice president of programming at FX in June 2000. He added general manager of Fox Movie Channel to his responsibilities in July 2003 and was promoted to executive vice president of FX Networks in 2006. Mr. Saftler assumed his current role in 2013.

Mr. Saftler has played an enormous role in the growth and expansion of FX Networks. He has been responsible for assembling the most impressive movie library of any broadcast or basic cable network on television – a collection that includes the highest number of box-office hit films and the most commercial television premieres of any network. He is also responsible for acquired television series deals for FX Networks, including “Two and a Half Men,” “Mike & Molly” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Mr. Saftler spearheaded the transformation of FXM from Fox Movie Channel and has expanded its growing library of award-winning hit and prestige films. He also oversees the development of the network’s original programming.

In September 2013, Mr. Saftler helped launch FX Networks’ newest channel FXX. He negotiated the landmark deal for the linear and non-linear rights to “The Simpsons” for FXX, including the groundbreaking 12-day “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon that helped make FXX basic cable’s fastest-growing entertainment network in primetime last year. Working with FX Digital Marketing, Mr. Saftler oversaw the creation of the acclaimed “Simpsons World” for FXNOW. He negotiated the rights to broadcast the “Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards” on FXX. He also developed the late-night animation block “Animation Domination” for the network with ADHD Studio.

Prior to joining FX, Mr. Saftler worked in various program research positions at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, as well as at Columbia Pictures Television, where he participated in the successful syndicated launches of “Seinfeld” and “Married…With Children.” He is a member of both the national and local Los Angeles board of directors for Autism Speaks.

He is a graduate of Boston University and serves on the National Boston University Alumni Council.

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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 workIn 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.

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