Autism Speaks | Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Releases Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research (PDF Avail.) | March 6, 2009 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Releases Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

Washington, DC (March 6, 2009) — On March 5, 2009, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) released the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, which will advise the federal government on the requirements and opportunities for autism research.

The 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. 

The plan is comprised of six research areas aimed at addressing consumer-focused questions about autism: When should I be concerned? How can I understand what is happening? What caused this to happen and can it be prevented? Which treatments and interventions will help? Where can I turn for services? What does the future hold? Each question is followed by a discussion of what is currently known, what needs to be learned, and the research opportunities in the area.

Autism Speaks acknowledges the hard work that went into the development of the Strategic Plan and offers its support and assistance in developing the update to the plan that will place in 2009.

Click here to read a press release from the IACC

IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research (PDF)

In January 2009, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a federal government advisory panel, released its first blueprint for autism vresearch. The IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research advises federal agencies and Congress on needs and opportunities for research investigating autism, a complex developmental disorder that affects 1 in 150 children.

“This plan will help fill the gaps between what we know about autism and what we need to do to help affected families and communities,” said Thomas Insel, M.D., chair of the IACC and director of the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health.

“This document marks a significant achievement in that it is the product of a truly collaborative effort involving the IACC, scientists, advocacy groups, and the public.”
In establishing the IACC, the Combating Autism Act of 2006 mandated that the body develop and annually update a strategic plan for autism research.

The IACC, composed of both federal and public members, developed the plan through an extensive process engaging a wide range of federal agencies and public stakeholders.
The IACC convened four scientific workshops to identify research opportunities as well as expert workgroups to recommend research objectives.

The committee also sought extensive public input on ASD research priorities through means such as town hall meetings and Requests for Information.

The resulting plan reflects a diversity of views and the breadth of research that will be required to address the needs of people with ASD and their families.


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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