[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Partner, Ikon Public Affairs
Craig Snyder joined the board of Autism Speaks in February 2007, following the merger with Cure Autism Now (CAN). Snyder served as both a board member and federal lobbyist for the foundation for many years, playing an instrumental role in passage of the Children’s Health Act of 2000 and Combating Autism Act of 2006.
Snyder is the managing partner at Ikon Public Affairs. Prior to forming Ikon in 1997, Craig served as chief of staff for Senator Arlen Specter. During his tenure with Senator Specter, Snyder served as the legislative assistant for defense and foreign affairs with a top secret security clearance and then as the deputy campaign chairman for Specter’s 1996 presidential campaign.
Before coming to Washington, D.C. in 1994, Snyder practiced law as a litigator with the national firm of Dechert, Price & Rhoads in Philadelphia and worked as a public policy specialist as the vice president of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. Snyder was the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District in 1992. Snyder graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 with a degree in Political Philosophy.
He received his law degree from Temple University in 1988. Snyder and his wife, actress NiCole Robinson, reside in New York City. Craig and NiCole are the founders of the 3 Angels Memorial Fund for ACD Research.
via 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 work. In 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.