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Liz Feld, President
Liz Feld is the president of Autism Speaks. She joined Autism Speaks in January 2012 as the EVP of strategic communication. Liz has devoted much of her career to public policy and strategic communications. She served as a public affairs specialist at the White House Office of Management and Budget, and a press officer for Vice President George H. W. Bush during the Reagan Administration. She was Director of News Information at ABC News and Senior Vice President of Communications for Nickelodeon. Over the past several years, Liz has appeared on national and local television networks and authored editorial pieces on public policy issues and Republican politics.
Liz most recently served for four years as the Mayor of the Village of Larchmont, N.Y., located in New York State’s Hudson Valley (Westchester County). As mayor, Liz garnered more than $4 million in state, federal, and local grants to support local projects and restored the Village surplus to $2.3 million, resulting in the Village’s first-ever AAA credit rating from Moody’s Investor Services. She is an award-winning environmentalist and has received past endorsements from the New York League of Conservation Voters for her work. Liz also served as a Larchmont Village Trustee from 2002-2006.
Liz holds a B.A. degree in Government and Political Theory from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (1982). She is married to Joel Feld, a television executive, and has three children, Alex, K. C., and Matthew.
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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.