[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, MD
Professor, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
DiCicco-Bloom is an expert in brain development and a pioneer in the field of neurogenesis. His studies examine the roles of growth factors, neuropeptides and environmental factors in brain development, with a recent focus on defining genes and microRNAs that contribute to autism and schizophrenia susceptibility.
He is the principal investigator on numerous NIH and private grants, serves on federal, New Jersey state and private foundation biomedical review panels, as member of the Public Education and Communication Committee of the Society for Neuroscience, serves as advisor to two Autism Centers of Excellence and the Department of Defense Autism Research Program and is an editor for several neuroscience journals including the newly established journal of INSAR, Autism Research.
DiCicco-Bloom is the author of 52 refereed journal articles and 11 book chapters in neuroscience, child neurology and psychiatry. He is also professor of Neuroscience & Cell Biology and Pediatrics (Neurology) at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
His service to the autism community began a decade ago with the inception of NAAR’s Scientific Advisory Board and he continues supporting the scientific mission by also serving on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Autism Speaks, and as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).
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.