[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
February 21, 2013
Starting at 8:00am
JW Marriott Essex House
New York, NY
Autism Speaks Inaugural Conference
Autism Speaks is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a first‐ever conference focused specifically on the rapidly expanding opportunity landscape for business development and investment in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
The goals of the meeting will be to:
Educate the investment community on the scale and diversity of business development opportunity in ASD
Showcase new and established companies developing products aligned with unmet needs in ASD
Provide opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs/newcos working in the ASD space to connect with each other.
Who should attend
Venture Capital Investors Professional Investors Life Science Executives Biotech/Pharma Business Development Professionals Research Analysts Licensing Professionals Research & Development Executives Health care providers Service providers Entrepreneurs Private Equity Investors
About the Conference
The conference has been organized into four (4) plenary sessions, each focusing on a separate area of emerging product development. The focus product areas will include:
• Medicines Products (medicines, therapeutic devices)
• Diagnostic and Biomarker Technologies
• Assistive Technologies (software, tablet platform applications, devices)
Each session will feature a brief introduction to the unmet needs shaping opportunities for product development in the focus area by an Autism Speaks Staff Expert, followed short presentations from 3‐4 companies representing examples of activity in the space. The sessions will each conclude with an open panel discussion involving questions and answers from the audience.
The format of the conference is intended to deliver a balance of relevant content and opportunities for attendees to engage in follow‐up discussion and professional networking during breaks. A reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the conclusion of the conference will afford even more opportunity for networking.
More With Autism Investment Conference
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.