[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
David M. Wittles
Senior Managing Director, Diamond Castle
David Wittels is a Senior Managing Director and co-founder of private equity firm Diamond Castle. His primary areas of focus are the media, healthcare and industrial sectors.
Prior to founding Diamond Castle in 2004, Mr. Wittels was a Managing Director at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, which he joined in 1986.
David is a Director of Bonten Media Group, Checksmart Financial Company and NES Rentals Holdings, Inc. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Arcade Holding Corp. and a former Director of Wilson Greatbatch Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:GB), Katz Media Group Inc., Mueller Group Inc., Advanstar Holdings Corp., Jostens Inc., Ziff Davis Holdings, Inc. and several other companies. He holds a B.S., summa cum laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
David lives on Long Island with his wife Cindy, daughter Gabrielle, and son Tyler who is on the spectrum. The Wittels family has the #1 walk fundraising team, not just on Long Island but in the entire country. They have raised over $1,000,000 for Autism Speaks since 2005 through their Walk Team, “Tyler W.”
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.