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Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Holds Meeting to Discuss the 2008 NIH Strategic Plan for Autism Research
Washington, DC (February 6, 2009) – An important meeting took place in Washington, DC, on February 4, during which members of the IACC discussed the NIH strategic plan for autism research and, more specifically, addressed the issue of the removal of two objectives on vaccine safety research that were withdrawn from the plan at the last meeting. Because of the manner in which the objectives were withdrawn, without adequate notice to the committee and public, Autism Speaks had previously voiced its disappointment and withdrew its support from the strategic plan.
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), which was created as part of the Combating Autism Act to coordinate all autism-related efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is comprised of federal government officials and appointed public members from the autism advocacy community. Mark Noble, Ph.D., a scientist from the University of Rochester Medical Center, gave a presentation to the committee, providing his analysis and reinterpretation of published studies on thimerosal in relation to autism prevalence and occurrence rates.
Bruce Gellin, M.D., M.P.H., director of the federal government’s National Vaccine Program Office, spoke to the committee about the ongoing efforts of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Vaccine Safety Working Group. It was agreed that NVAC and IACC will begin to work together to share information and expertise as both committees move forward with their respective missions.
During the public comments section of the meeting, Peter Bell, Autism Speaks’ Executive Vice President for Programs and Services, read a statement expressing Autism Speaks’ dissatisfaction with the process by which objectives addressing questions about vaccine safety were removed from the plan without adequate notice or input from the public. He stressed the importance of trust, transparency, collaboration, and better communication among families affected by autism, the medical and scientific communities, and the federal government.
Bell emphasized that Autism Speaks’ position regarding the need for on-going vaccine safety research remains strongly grounded in science. He noted that evidence suggests that there are many causes of autism – involving both genetic and environmental factors, and that there remains a possibility that individuals with underlying medical or genetic conditions might be more susceptible to adverse effects of vaccines. Bell emphasized Autism Speaks’ commitment to funding research exploring the role of a wide range of environmental factors including vaccines, and their interaction with genetic factors, as potential risk factors for autism.
Furthermore, Bell explained Autism Speaks’ view that addressing parents’ questions and concerns will help parents become more confident and trusting in our medical community and the vaccine program, which will result in more children being vaccinated – a better health outcome for all children.
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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.