Autism Speak elects Zumper Chief Marketing Officer Darren Goode to national board | May 5, 2021 #AutisticHistory #StopBigAutism #BanABA

Darren Goode of Autism Speaks

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Autism Speak elects Zumper Chief Marketing Officer Darren Goode to national board

May 5, 2021 

PRINCETON – Autism Speaks, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for people with autism and their families, announces the election of Darren Goode, chief marketing officer of Zumper, to the national board of directors, effective April 26, 2021.

“Darren has a proven track record of success in the business world but, first and foremost, he is a dedicated husband and dad with a personal connection and commitment to the autism community,” said Autism Speaks Board Chairman Brian Harper. “The board is thrilled to have Darren join us with his expertise as we continue to help guide the organization’s mission to drive understanding and acceptance, fund research breakthroughs and provide reliable resources that meet the diverse needs of those on the spectrum.”

“Having a young daughter with autism, I deeply appreciate the importance of the resources that this exceptional organization brings to our community,” said Mr. Goode. “It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve as a member of the board of Autism Speaks, helping to make a difference for all children and adults with autism and their families.”

Mr. Goode is the chief marketing officer of Zumper, the largest privately-owned rental platform in North America, helping 75 million people a year find their next home. Appointed in July 2020, Mr. Goode oversees all aspects of marketing across brand, digital, PR & communications, advertising, creative, social media and market research.

Prior to that, Mr. Goode was the president, chief marketing and commercial officer of Elvie, a women’s health technology companies. During his tenure, he launched the world’s first silent wearable breast pump, created iconic advertising, and helped raise over $42M in venture capital funding. Mr. Goode also served as a Board Observer.

Over the past two decades, Mr. Goode has served in senior leadership marketing and general management roles with Apple, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and Elvie. His industry experience spans consumer, technology, real estate, health and entertainment and he has worked in the United States, Canada, Latin America, UK, Europe and China. 

In addition to serving on the Board of Autism Speaks, Mr. Goode is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA). He and his wife, Jennifer Peters, are the proud parents of a child with autism.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influences the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children. 

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. To find resources, join an event or make a donation, go to

Learn more by following @AutismSpeaks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  


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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