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Autism Speaks’ Andy Shih Testifies Before Congress on Global Autism Response
Absence of Data Creates ‘Knowledge Gap,’ Hampering Efforts in Many Countries
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 31, 2011)–The absence of prevalence and other public health data on autism in many nations around the world has created a “knowledge gap” that has hampered the global response to autism, Andy Shih, Autism Speaks’ vice president of scientific affairs, told a Congressional committee.
Testifying before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, Shih cited a recent estimate that 90 percent of autism research has been concentrated on just 10 percent of the global community. Yet the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects an estimated 67 million people worldwide, a prevalence that is higher than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.
“The unmet needs of the global autism community mirror the daily challenges that are familiar to any individual or family in this country struggling with autism spectrum disorders,” Shih told the committee. “By sharing our experience, expertise, and translating and adapting current best practices into feasible and sustainable health solutions, we believe we can make a difference in communities with less knowhow and resources. “
In 2008, Shih said, Autism Speaks launched the Global Autism Public Health Initiative (GAPH), an ambitious international advocacy effort to help other countries enhance public and professional awareness of autism and increase their capacity to address early detection and intervention. Autism Speaks currently supports GAPH-related activities in 23 countries on six continents, ranging from Brazil to Albania to Qatar.
The recently published autism prevalence study in South Korea, that was funded by Autism Speaks, found a stunning prevalence rate of 2.6 percent, with many previously unidentified cases found in mainstream schools. The South Korea findings have raised questions about whether the case-finding methodology employed in the United States has underestimated the prevalence rate in this country, he told the House committee.
The hearing was featured on C-SPAN.
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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.