Autism Speaks | CAPITOL HILL PRESS CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF CARA (PDF Avail.) | Sept. 21, 2011 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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


Remarks of Peter Bell

Autism Speaks Executive Vice President, Programs and Services September 21, 2011

“Yesterday, we witnessed an historic event. After a motion to suspend the rules and with a strong voice in favor of the ‘yays,’ the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, otherwise known at H.R. 2005.

“This vote to renew the landmark Combating Autism Act of 2006 was a critical step in extending the federal government’s commitment to autism and related disorders. When enacted, this reauthorization will sustain federal funding at current levels, authorizing $693 million for research and treatment for autism and other developmental disorders.

“The statistics are well known. Thanks to funding from the original CAA, we know autism now affects an estimated 1 in 110 children, 1 in 70 boys. We know the cost of autism continues to climb – some estimates as high as $90 billion per annum. With little debate, all of us recognize autism has become a national health priority. (In the words of Congressman Smith, ‘an international epidemic.’)

“Reauthorization of the landmark 2006 law will enable vital federal efforts in research, surveillance, services, training, and education to continue in a way that is proven effective and accountable.

“H.R. 2005 offers hope to affected people and families across the United States.
“Autism Speaks wishes to thank all members of Congress for their steadfast support of this bill. In particular, we wish to thank the bill sponsors Congressman Chris Smith from New Jersey and Congressman Mike Doyle from Pennsylvania. In addition to being champions of H.R. 2005, they have shown incredible support and compassion for the autism community over many years as chairs of the Congressional Autism Caucus.

“Autism Speaks would also like to recognize Representatives Spencer Bachus from Alabama for his stellar leadership and support, as well as Gregg Harper from Mississippi and G.K. Butterfield from North Carolina for standing in support of the House bill yesterday. Their eloquent remarks on the floor yesterday are much appreciated.

“And finally, we also thank leaders of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, including Chairman Fred Upton from Michigan and Health Subcommittee chair Joe Pitts from Pennsylvania, for their support in allowing the bill to move to the House floor. Additionally, AS wishes to thank Majority Leader Cantor for supporting our families and allowing CARA to proceed to the House floor.

“As I close, I want to give special attention to those who will benefit the most from this bill – our children and loved ones living with autism. Tonight, when I go home to my state of New Jersey and hug my 18 year old son Tyler, who has autism, I’m going to tell him about what is happening in Washington. Large bodies of elected officials want to help him. They want to continue funding research that will help him live a more fulfilling life. A life with less pain, less suffering and more opportunities. It is my hope that members of the U.S. Senate will also realize the merits of this bill and swiftly pass it so our President will sign it into law before it expires on September 30.”

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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