Autism Speaks elects two new members to its national board  | July 22, 2021 #AutisticHistory #StopBigAutism #BanABA


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Autism Speaks elects two new members to its national board

PRINCETON, NJ – 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 Bill O’Connor and Subriana Pierce to its national board of directors, effective July 22, 2021.

“We are thrilled to welcome two industry leaders with extensive business and philanthropic experience to join our commitment to the autism community and steward our mission further,” said Autism Speaks Board Chairman Brian Harper. “Bill and Subriana both bring unique perspectives and individual success that will help us achieve our vision of a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential.”

Bill O’Connor of Autism Speaks

Bill O’Connor serves as CEO of O’Connor Capital Partners, a leading real estate investment and development firm headquartered in New York City with offices in Mexico City and Palm Beach. O’Connor Capital Partners invests in a wide range of properties and developments across North America. Mr. O’Connor has been with the company since 2003 and has served in his current role since 2010.

Prior to O’Connor Capital Partners, Mr. O’Connor led investments for The Peabody Funds, a London-based joint venture of JP Morgan and O’Connor Capital Partners, for over ten years. He has also held roles at Retail Property Trust, the Argo Fund and Merrill Lynch.

Over the years, Mr. O’Connor has committed himself to several philanthropic endeavors including Catholic Relief Services. In 2012, Bill traveled to Haiti with Catholic Relief Services and Partners in Health to oversee the installation of clean water filtration systems. Access to clean water is an initiative the O’Connor family has prioritized for many years, supporting efforts in several African villages as well. The family are also generous supporters of the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham, New York which provides children and adults with varying physical and cognitive disabilities the opportunity to participate in outdoor sports activities.

Mr. O’Connor and his wife Eileen have been married for 22 years, reside in Rye, New York with their four children, one girl and three boys. Erin,19, their oldest, has an autism spectrum disorder.  

Subriana Pierce

Subriana Pierce is the managing partner and co-founder of Navigator Sales & Marketing, a boutique food and beverage broker that represents specialty, ethnic, organic, niche and emerging brands in the grocery industry based in Orange, California.

Prior to co-founding Navigator with her husband, Ms. Pierce served as Senior Vice President, Sales and Merchandising for Albertsons Southern California Division where she controlled merchandising and sales operations for 250 stores in California and Las Vegas. She has also held roles at PepsiCo’s FritoLay Division, Campbell Soup Company and Jewel Osco.

Throughout her career, Ms. Pierce has been recognized for outstanding achievements which most recently include being named the 2020 Woman Entrepreneur to Watch by Insights Success magazine and leading Navigator to being named 2021 DEI Industry leader by the Shelby Report. She was honored by the Food Industry Management Club of LA as “Woman in the Industry” and has been recognized by Spelman College as a Distinguished Alumnae in Business. Ms. Pierce sits on the Food Industries Circle Board of City of Hope and is also a board advisor for the Illuminators which is an organization of vendors/suppliers focused on education and scholarships in the grocery industry. She also sits on the board of directors for the California Grocers Association.

Ms. Pierce and her husband Allen reside in Southern California and have been married for 30 years.  They are the proud parents of six children. Two of their sons are on the spectrum.

“As a parent through the autism journey myself, I’m so excited to be in a position to help so many others by serving on this prestigious board,” says Pierce.


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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