Autism Speaks: Housing Is Big Focus at Day 2 of Autism Investment Conference | March 5, 2014 #AutisticHistory #StopBigAutism

Autism Investment Conference 2014

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Housing Is Big Focus at Day 2 of Autism Investment Conference

Finding Innovative Solutions to Meet the Needs of Each Individual in the Home

Panelist and Special Needs Housing 

A variety of components were discussed on Day 2 at the Housing Needs session of the Autism Investment Conference. The session, which was monitored by Autism Speaks Executive Vice President of Programs and Services Lisa Goring, featured four companies as well as three panelists. Each panelist is an expert in a topic related to housing needs and brought valuable input to the discussion :

Finding Innovative Solutions to Meet the Needs of Each Individual in the Home

Panelist and Special Needs Housing Consultant George Braddock discussed his company Creative Housing Solution’s focus on person-centered planning principles to homes for people with disabilities. George’s guiding principle is that through careful planning, design and product selection, it is possible to make homes that are healthy and safe and that eliminate obstacles, reduce restrictions and increase individual control, independence and choice. Learn more about the innovations George has been pioneering here.

Working with Local Government

Panelist Tom Toronto is the President of Bergen County United Way in New Jersey. In 2010, Tom’s organization built an award winning project in Allendale – recipient of the Governor’s Excellence in Housing Award – for individuals with developmental disabilities including autism and a second project was opened in January. Tom’s focus is on working with local governments to help meet the public need for affordable and special-needs housing. Legislators have an obligation to support this community and Tom’s work in New Jersey is a perfect model of what can be accomplished for individuals with autism by working with the government.

Connecting with Investors

Third panelist John Maltby, the Director of Community Service Programs at Westchester Institute for Human Development in Valhalla, New York, spent 36 years on Wall Street as a proprietary trader and hedge fund manager. His focus is on allocating existing resources to smaller and more integrated housing. John’s background and experitse allows him to help connect potenetial investors with opportunities in the disability housing market.

Companies Showcased

Four different companies were showcased today that provide an array of services in the field of housing and residential supports for the autism community. The various companies will share their expertise on the following topics:

  • Technology in the home (Community Living Options)
  • The importance of training residential care providers (Autistic Global Initiative)
  • Specialized care for individuals with autism in the home (Center for Discovery)
  • The provision of services designed to increase indepence and community integration for adults on the spectrum (First Place AZ)

Housing Resources

Learn more about the resources Autism Speaks has created focused on housing and residential supports for adults with autism, including the Housing and Residential Supports Tool Kit, here.

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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 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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