Autism Speaks Endorses the Autism Services and Workforce Acceleration Act  | April 18, 2011 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Endorses the Autism Services and Workforce Acceleration Act 

Senate Bill 850 Would Improve Services For Children and Adults on Autism Spectrum

NEW YORK, NY  – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for Senate Bill 850, the Autism Services and Workforce Acceleration Act of 2011, introduced by Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, and cosponsored by Senators Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, and Robert Menendez of New Jersey. The legislation would improve services and supports for children and adults on the autism spectrum, as well as their families.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that approximately 1 in 110 people in the United States has autism or an autism spectrum disorder. The Autism Services and Workforce Acceleration Act of 2011 would authorize four new programs: a demonstration project to develop comprehensive treatment facilities; planning and demonstration grants for services for transitioning youth and adults; a multimedia campaign to increase autism awareness and education; and national initiatives to develop and expand interdisciplinary training and education. 

“Autism Speaks is proud to support this legislation, which represents a continued commitment by Senator Durbin and his colleagues to addressing the challenges faced by individuals with autism and their families,” said Peter Bell, executive vice president of programs and services. “Services for individuals with autism is an area of desperate need. This bill brings this important issue to the forefront for Congress.”


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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