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Autism Speaks: DELSIA: A New Venture to Transform Lives
Today, we are pleased to tell you about an exciting new Autism Speaks venture that will speed the translation of autism research into life-changing products.
Thanks to your passionate support, recent scientific discoveries have set the stage for the development of medicines, devices and technologies that will improve the lives of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Too often, however, such discoveries have languished in the laboratory or on the pages of academic journals. These include important findings from the studies you help us fund. For this to change, we need to act as catalysts. We need to encourage companies to develop discoveries into products. The necessary spark can include providing resources and personal connections to help get the job done.
To accomplish this, we have established a not-for-profit affiliate, Delivering Scientific Innovation to Autism (DELSIA). DELSIA will bridge the gap between groundbreaking research and the resources needed to deliver real-life benefits to our communities. Robert Ring, Ph.D., Autism Speaks vice president for translational research, will serve as DELSIA’s president.
Importantly, we will be identifying the partners who can bring promising scientific breakthroughs to market. These partners will likely include – but not be limited to – biotech startups, academic-industry incubators, entrepreneurs and small businesses. With seed money, we will foster their larger investment in the development of products that can treat autism’s core symptoms and associated medical conditions. We will likewise partner with companies developing supportive technologies and apps that can improve quality of life for those on the autism spectrum.
In forming an affiliate designed for business partnerships, we are following in the footsteps of several successful endeavors by other nonprofit organizations. These include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Both have affiliates that have greatly accelerated the development of new and more effective treatments.
Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., Elizabeth Feld
Chief Science Officer President
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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.