Autism Speaks | Chicago Walk Recap 2014 | May 17, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]

Chicago Walk Recap 2014 

Saturday, May 17, 2014 

More than 20,000 people took part in the Chicago Walk at Soldier Field on Saturday, May 17, raising more than $1,019,943 and counting for Autism Speaks

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined the Chicago Walk for the first time this year. The Mayor  welcomed the crowd from the main stage during opening ceremonies, expressing to the families that we are all in this together. Eric Chern, husband to Chicagoland Board of Directosr Vice Chair Laurie Chern, worked to get the Mayor to commit to attend this year and we couldn’t have accomplished this without him. It was a treat for the families at Soldier Field. After his comments the Mayor stood by the stage and greated families and took pictures.

Congressman Mike Quigley attended and said a few words about the importance of autism legislation. He committed to the crowed that he is going to look at CARA and TRI-CARE and add his name. He also that this coming Tuesday he will wear the Puzzle Piece Pin on the floor of the house and speak to the house floor about this weekend’s walk in Chicago and about the importance of a autism legislation.

Congressman Quigley cut the ribbon welcoming the families into a new area of the Resource Fair this year called Independence Corner. This area highlights young adults on the spectrum who are using their talents in arts and crafts to create small business opportunities for themselves. This area was a huge highlight of the day. 

Sarah and Shane Hamilton,Walk Co-Chairs for 2013 and 2014, brought their son, Cole, on stage to the story of why they walk. Shane spoke of the importance of remembering what our children can do and focusing on how amazing they are.

It was a wonderful day for our Team Village members who came out in huge numbers all proudly wearing their team t-shirts. 

The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”


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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