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Joe Vanyo, Chief Operating Officer

Joe Vanyo joined Autism Speaks as Chief Operating Officer in February 2020.

Mr. Vanyo provides leadership across all support functions of the organization with an aim for workplace excellence and an outstanding level of integrity and compliance. Specifically, he leads strategy and high-level management of all financial activities, information technology, human resources, data base administration, donations processing, facility management, legal, risk and compliance. 

Since joining the organization, he has delivered seamless financial and operational support which has ensured ongoing growth and sustainability, as well as furthered its mission and expanded impact.  

Mr. Vanyo is an accomplished senior executive with twelve years of experience transforming mission driven non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Autism Speaks, Mr. Vanyo was the Chief Operating Officer at United Way of Metro Chicago. As the COO, Mr. Vanyo led his peers in the integration of a number of innovative, transformative initiatives, including; redirecting United Way’s community investments into cutting-edge place based strategies, negotiating and leading a number or regional consolidations, implementing a high-net worth donor strategy and launching a digital donor engagement program. As a valued member of the Senior Leadership Team, he designed and implemented United Way’s strategic plan in close collaboration with the CEO and Board of Directors.

Prior to United Way, Mr. Vanyo spend 15-years at National City Bank (now PNC) where he led a number of national operating units, participated in enterprise-wide integration projects, centralized operating units and served on bank acquisition teams.

Mr. Vanyo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management from the University of Toledo.

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Note/Warning:

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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