Autism Speaks: World’s Largest Study for Developing Autism Medicines | March 16, 2012 #AutisticHistory #StopBigAutism


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World’s Largest Study for Developing Autism Medicines

Date: March 16, 2012

Autism Speaks is playing a pivotal role in a new international effort to speed the development of safe and effective medicines for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

European Autism Interventions – A Multicentre Study for Developing New Medications (EU-AIMS) represents the world’s largest single investment in autism research to date. It brings together top academic scientists who have a wide range of expertise and partners them with major global drug companies from the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations.

Autism Speaks has committed almost $1 million to support EU-AIMS over its five-year duration. This funding will help establish a European-based research database and biorepository to support the development of autism medicines. This will ensure that these resources are compatible with those established by Autism Speaks and other research organizations in the United States. Such consistency is vital for effective global collaboration.

“The lack of effective pharmacological treatments for ASD has a profound effect on patients’ lives,” says Robert Ring, Ph.D., Autism Speaks vice president of translational research. “We are excited that, with this unique collaboration, we may see a real shift in future treatment for this devastating disorder.” 

Autism Speaks scientists will also actively participate in EU-AIMS efforts to deliver new medical tests and biomarkers that can help identify subtypes of autism. This, in turn, may help predict how a particular patient is likely to respond to a medicine or other treatment. Over the next five years, the program will also build an extensive clinical trial network that can safely test the most promising treatments in children and adults.

“We are thrilled to see this level of financial support for research that ultimately will lead to the development of more effective treatments for people with autism,” says Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, Ph.D.

For more information, please see the joint EU-AIMS press release, here.

More With EU-AIMs


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 workIn 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.

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