Autism Speaks Applauds Congress for Approval Of $8 Million For DOD Autism Research Program In FY 2010 | Dec. 21, 2009 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Applauds Congress for Approval Of $8 Million For DOD Autism Research Program In FY 2010

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 21, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, applauds Congress for passage of the FY 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, H.R. 3326, which contains $8 million for the DoD Autism Research Program (DoDARP). This is the fourth consecutive year that Congress has funded the DoDARP through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), for a total of $29.9 million ($7.5 million in FY 07, $6.4 million in FY 08, $8.0 million in FY 09, and $8.0 million for FY 2010).

The DoDARP’s mission is to promote innovative research that advances the understanding of autism spectrum disorder and leads to improved outcomes. All CDMRPs involve community members to find and fund the best research to eradicate or treat diseases. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has been well represented on the DoDARP’s Integration Panel (IP) which determines the vision and investment strategy for the funding. In FY 09, Gary Goldstein, M.D. Autism Speaks board member and president of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, chaired the IP and Peter Bell, Autism Speaks Executive Vice President for Programs & Services, served as vice-chair. In addition, Shelley Hendrix, Autism Speaks Director of State Advocacy Relations, has been a member of the IP for the last three years. 

“Now that the CDC has confirmed that autism affects one percent of American children, including those in military families, the need for a commitment from our legislators to fund research into the causes and cures for this disease has never been more paramount,” said Peter Bell. “We thank members of Congress for approving federal funding for autism research through the Department of Defense Autism Research Program and for giving hope to families across the country affected by autism.” 

The entire DoD Appropriations bill will now go to the President to be signed into law.

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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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