Archive | Elizabeth Emken of Autism Speaks & Cure Autism Now | #AutisticHistory #StopBigAutism #BanABA

My son has autism, and I founded the government relations department at Autism Speaks. – Elizabeth Emken

[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]

Elizabeth Emken, Vice President of Government Relations

Elizabeth Emken is vice president, government relations at Autism Speaks. Elizabeth joined Autism Speaks in March 2007, and will be managing the relationship between Autism Speaks and the federal government.

Prior to joining Autism Speaks, Elizabeth was a legislative consultant and board member to Cure Autism Now since 1998. She initially coordinated grassroots advocacy for the first major piece of federal autism legislation, the Advancement in Pediatric Autism Research Act, ultimately becoming the lead title of the Children’s Health Act of 2000, which authorized programs at the NIH, CDC, and HRSA totaling more that 200 million over 5 years. 

Most recently, Elizabeth led autism community advocacy for the Combating Autism Act of 2006 on behalf of Cure Autism Now, Autism Speaks, and 17 other leading autism organizations.

The Combating Autism Act of 2006 passed in December, 2006, and authorizes nearly 1 billion dollars over the next 5 years to combat autism through research, screening, early detection and early intervention. Current legislative priorities include initiatives relative to services and treatment, tax benefits, and insurance coverage.

Elizabeth graduated from UCLA in 1984, with a degree in Economics and Political Science. Prior to her involvement with Cure Autism Now, Elizabeth’s focus was field management and corporate operations at IBM Corporation. She lives in California with her husband Craig Swartz, a Strategist at Microsoft Corporation.

They have two daughters, and a 14 year old son, Alex, who has autism spectrum disorder. 

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 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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