NIMH Head Warns Autism Research Grants Would ‘Terminate’ Without CARA | Sept. 22, 2011 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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NIMH Head Warns Autism Research Grants Would ‘Terminate’ Without CARA

     September 22, 2011

NEW YORK (September 22, 2011) – The head of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has advised Congress that a critical source of federal funding for autism education, and early detection and intervention programs will “terminate” if the 2006 Combating Autism Act (CAA) is not renewed by the end of September.

In a letter to the House Energy & Commerce Committee, NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel said, “Without reauthorization of the CAA, HRSA (the Health Resources and Services Administration) would have to terminate grants for training programs, intervention research, and State demonstration grants. HRSA might be able to fund these activities through a different authority, but this approach would require significant administrative work and burden, including on the part of existing grantees, that could cause interruption to current activities absent reauthorization.

“To fund these activities through a different mechanism,” he added, “could require some ongoing programs to be reduced.”

Under the CAA, HRSA funding for autism-related activities more than doubled between 2007 to 2010, from $20 million to $48 million.

Insel’s letter was in response to a request from Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) to clarify his earlier testimony to the committee about how federally funded autism research and other activities would be impacted if the law is not reauthorized by September 30. Doyle, an original sponsor of the CAA reauthorization bill, said in his request to Insel,

“I have heard since from key stakeholders that continuing many of the activities would be extremely difficult without the specific authorization from Congress to do so.”

Insel said, “Reauthorization of the CAA would enable currently authorized programs to continue uninterrupted.” He noted that President Obama has pledged to sign a reauthorization bill.

“The CAA has served to ensure that autism programs are prioritized and implemented in a coordinated manner across the federal agencies, with collaboration from private partners in many cases, and with the input and participation of the public,” Insel said. “This coordination and collaboration has accelerated the pace of autism research over the past five years, resulting in gains in knowledge about the disorder and new possibilities for early diagnosis and treatment. The (Obama) administration believes that reauthorization of the CAA is critical to maintaining continuity and would provide an important opportunity to continue building on the momentum of progress.”

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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