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CalABA Honors Autism Speaks’ Lorri Unumb with Leadership in Advocacy Award
February 22, 2012
MORRO BAY, CA (February 22, 2012) — The California Association for Behavior Analysis(CalABA) has named Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speak’s vice president for state government affairs, as the recipient of its 2012 Leadership in Advocacy Award.
The presentation was made at CalABA’s annual conference on February 17 at the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove. The award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing the science and practice of behavior analysis by influencing public policy.
“It would be difficult to overstate the positive difference (Unumb has) made in the lives of thousands of Californians diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and their families,” said CalABA President Jill M.. Young, Ph.D., BCBA-D.
Referring to Unumb’s work in helping to craft California’s 2011 autism insurance reform law, Young said, “You, personally, were crucial to producing an outcome that will (now) permit many children, adolescents, and adults access to high quality ABA treatment….We feel fortunate to have you and Autism Speaks as allies in changing public policy to better the lives of those with special needs.”
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic 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 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.