Autism Speaks elects three business leaders to its national board  | January 18, 2019 #AutisticHistory #StopBigAutism #BanABA


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Autism Speaks elects three business leaders to its national board

New members bring experience in disability advocacy, philanthropy, technology and investment

NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Autism Speaks, which is dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for people with autism and their families, announces the election of three new members to its national board of directors, effective December 11, 2018. 

“We are deeply grateful to these accomplished business leaders and philanthropists for their commitment to the autism community,” said Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger. “The ideas and expertise these new board members bring will help us sustain momentum toward our mission to fund research, be a leader in advocacy and deliver resources that meet diverse needs, from early childhood through adulthood.”

Aidan Kehoe is co-founder, CEO and board member of Skout Secure Intelligence, a cybersecurity firm headquartered in New York. Mr. Kehoe has been actively involved in all aspects of the firm’s development and expansion since its founding in 2012, with the goal of making cybersecurity accessible to all companies. 

Prior to Skout, Mr. Kehoe founded several other enterprises including Oxford Global, a global risk management company, which was acquired by Willis Towers Watson in 2013. He also has many years of experience working in an investment capacity with an institutionally sized private family office. 

Mr. Kehoe is also the chairman of the U.S. Leaders Council of Cordaid, serving the most vulnerable people in the most fragile places in the world. Originally from Ireland, he has served as a board member to both public and private equity-backed companies throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has extensive experience in leading and building teams. 

“It’s an extreme honor to join the board of Autism Speaks,” he said, “and I am looking forward to serving the team and the board in their endeavors.”

Jacquelyn “Jakki” Nance is an attorney and president of Philanthropic Solutions, Ltd., where she advises nonprofits on strategic planning, resource and board development, and event planning. She also works with executives and athletes to help them achieve their philanthropic objectives.

Previously, Ms. Nance served as chief operating officer for Swin Cash Enterprises and the charity Cash for Kids, both founded by Swin Cash, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA champion. 

Ms. Nance also served for three years as the executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation. During that time, she oversaw its bikeathon, developed a partnership with Nickelodeon, worked with corporate partners and built playgrounds around the country. 

Her clients have included the WNBA; the cancer charity Flashes of Hope, and State Farm Insurance, where she worked with the 50 Million Pound Challenge’s grassroots initiative to establish simultaneous health walks around the country. She also was featured in an “Ebony” magazine profile, “Women in the NFL.”

An Ohio native, Ms. Nance was a senior planned giving attorney with The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she also served as the event coordinator for Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton’s annual fundraising ice show and gala. She has been honored by The Arthritis Foundation’s Northeast Ohio Chapter and Cleveland Public Theater. 

Ms. Nance has more than 20 years of nonprofit board service for organizations including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Ohio Arts Council and the Thomas Moyer Ohio Judicial Commission. Causes she has championed include children’s health, education, diversity and inclusion, and planning for the special needs of adults with disabilities. 

She graduated from Spelman College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Ms. Nance and her husband, Fred Nance, have two teenagers with autism. 

“My passion for autism awareness and acceptance comes from being a parent of two children on the spectrum with very different needs,” said Ms. Nance. “My desire to make a difference not just for my children but for all the adults and children with autism and their families led to my interest in serving on the Autism Speaks National Board.”

Lisa Yang retired from a successful career in financial services and investment banking and became an advocate for people with disabilities and learning differences. She and her husband, Hock Tan, made a kickoff commitment of $20 million to set up the Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang Center for Autism Research at The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. In 2016, the couple donated $10 million to The K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University.

Two of the couple’s adult children are on the autism spectrum.

Ms. Yang said, “I believe there needs to be a strong and powerful voice to articulate the needs and formulate individualized ecosystems that will allow people on the spectrum to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, where they can feel safe and happy when their parents and family members are not near.  I hope being on the board of Autism Speaks will allow me to help advance this goal.” 

A native of Singapore, Ms. Yang earned degrees from Cornell University and Columbia University Graduate School of Business. During her tenure at Lehman Brothers and The First Boston Corp, she supported numerous nonprofit organizations. Her leadership and service earned awards from the Center for Autism, in Philadelphia; the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Devereux Foundation; Cornell University ILR School and Asian Alumni Association.

SOURCE 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 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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