Autism Speaks: Delsia Fact Sheet (text below).
[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Delsia Fact Sheet
Who are we?
Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism (DELSIA) LLC was established as an
independent not-for-profit venture philanthropy affiliate of Autism Speaks.
To transform outcomes for individuals with autism by ensuring that scientific breakthroughs are developed into products that deliver meaningful improvements in the quality of life and health.
What do we do?
DELSIA works with partners in the for-profit sector to identify and fund development activities best poised to deliver products aligned with unmet medical and behavioral health needs of the autism community.
DELSIA will work directly with a variety of for-profit entities to achieve its goals of bringing new products to market, including but not limited to:
o Entrepreneurs and start-up companies
o Computer/electronic technology companies o Software developers
o Biotechnology and Life Sciences Companies o Pharmaceutical companies large and small
DELSIA is primarily focused on, but not limited to, development opportunities focused on the following target product categories:
o Medical products (biomarkers, diagnostics, medicines, therapeutic devices).
o Assistive technologies (software, applications for tablet platforms like the iPad)
o Enabling technology: Products and services required to facilitate the
development process(es) required to bring new medical product through regulatory approval.
Relationship to Autism Speaks:
DELSIA has been established as a not-for-profit limited liability corporation, with Autism Speaks as the sole member.
DELSIA will operate independently from Autism Speaks with its own governance structure, financial accounting, advisory bodies and process of review.
Robert Ring, Ph.D. (President) also serves as Vice President and Head of Translational Research at Autism Speaks.
Daniel Smith, Ph.D. (Treasurer) also serves as Senior Director and Head of Discovery Neuroscience at Autism Speaks.
Board of Managers:
Geri Dawson, Ph.D. (Chair): Chief Science Officer Autism Speaks
Gary Goldstein, M.D.: President & Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Adrian M. Jones: Managing Director at Goldman Sachs
More With Delsia
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.