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Assistant Vice President, Head of Medical Research
Joseph Horrigan, M.D., joined Autism Speaks in October 2011 to serve as assistant vice president, head of medical research. In this position, Dr. Horrigan oversees Autism Speaks’ medical research activities, with the goal of speeding the development of safe and effective medicines that can improve the lives of those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
From 2002 to 2011, Dr. Horrigan coordinated pediatric drug development within the Neurosciences Medicines Development Center at GlaxoSmithKline. He has a special interest in developing new measures that improve safeguards for children participating in drug research. In this regard, he has worked with the World Health Organization and StaR Child Health to improve the quality and ethics of pediatric clinical research and to improve the availability of child-friendly medicines to patients in all parts of the world.
In the areas of neurology and psychiatry, Dr. Horrigan has served as the medical leader for a variety of clinical programs testing new medicines for pediatric bipolar disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, insomnia, pediatric epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders. He also serves as a scientific advisor to the FRAXA Research Foundation, which seeks a cure for Fragile X syndrome.
Since 1992 Dr. Horrigan has been a consulting psychiatrist at a residential facility serving school-aged children, including those with ASD or significant learning and behavioral challenges. He has served as a physician and investigator in the Developmental Neuropharmacology Clinic, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and directed the university’s Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic in its Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning. In this capacity, he directly cared for many children, adolescents and adults with ASD and related neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr. Horrigan earned his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, in New York, and his Sc.B. in psychology, magna cum laude, from Brown University. Dr. Horrigan is a board certified specialist in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. As a researcher, he is widely published in peer-reviewed journals.
He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.
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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 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.