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Anita Miller Sostek

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Anita Miller Sostek

Vice President of Scientific Review and Operations

Anita Miller Sostek joined Autism Speaks as Vice President of Scientific Review and Operations in September of 2008. In this role, Anita oversees Autism Speaks’ Grants Program, which currently processes over 1,000 investigator-initiated grants annually. She is involved in overseeing the review of proposals, the evaluation of progress reports, and financial monitoring of the Science Program. She is also responsible for developing and implementing policies, procedures, and operations for the Science Program.

Anita brings to Autism Speaks an extensive background in early development and scientific peer review. From 1974 to 1987, she was on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown University studying the developmental outcomes of infants born at risk because of prematurity and/or medical complications around the time of birth. She joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1987 to administer peer review in the areas of mental retardation, neurodevelopmental disorders and prematurity.

With her 2002 promotion to the position of Director of the Division of Clinical and Population-Based Studies at the Center for Scientific Review at the NIH, Anita was responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring peer review policy. She worked with more than 70 Scientific Review Officers and their Chiefs to ensure fair and expert review in behavioral science, neuroscience and population-based research. This regularly involved the resolution of complex issues such as appeals and conflicts of interest as well as frequent contact with investigators and NIH staff across many of the 27 Institutes and Centers.

Anita served on several NIH Committees, has won multiple honors and awards, and has edited numerous books. Her most recent recognition consisted of a 2008 NIH Director’s Award for Implementation of the Continuous Submission Option for Grant Applications.

Anita received her B.A. in English from New York University, a Masters of Arts in Developmental Psychology from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She resides in Washington, DC.

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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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