Autism Speaks | Sen. Menendez, Autism Speaks’ Peter Bell Discuss CDC Study During Nutley Visit | April 6, 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Sen. Menendez, Autism Speaks’ Peter Bell Discuss CDC Study During Nutley Visit

April 06, 2012

NUTLEY (April 6, 2012) — U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said the recent autism prevalence study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was an “eyeopener,” noting that the numbers for New Jersey were even higher at 1 in 49 and 1 in 29 boys. Autism Speaks Executive Vice President for Programs and Services Peter Bell called for a  national plan to address autism and urged Menendez to rally Congress against any cuts to federal funding.


New CDC report finds one in 49 NJ children with autism 

Newark – In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, and following release of a troubling new CDC study that finds one in 49 New Jersey children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by age 8, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today toured the Phoenix Center in Nutley and met with parents, educators, advocates and experts to discuss ongoing efforts into autism and what steps need to be taken to better address this growing crisis. Menendez is the Senate’s leading advocate for a comprehensive federal response to combat autism and author of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, which facilitates federal efforts into research, screenings, therapies and public education on autism.

“Autism is a complex disorder and requires support tailored to the individual,” said Senator Menendez. “Whatever the level of severity, autism rates are shockingly high in New Jersey, far above the national average. As autism becomes increasingly prevalent in our communities, we need to redouble our efforts to understand what can be done to help these children learn and grown into happy, productive adults.”

The Centers for Disease Control now estimates that autism affects 1 in 88 children nationwide, with boys being diagnosed at five times the rate as girls. In New Jersey, one out every 49 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and the rate of diagnosis is significantly higher for boys at 1 in 29 than girls at 1 in 172.

Menendez added: “Today’s conversation with New Jersey families and leaders in autism research, treatments, therapies and services gives me the confidence that we’re moving in the right direction. But we must do more. I will continue working on the federal level to provide our families and local programs with the resources they need to support individuals with autism, both children and adults alike.”

The Phoenix Center is a non-profit special education school for students with autism and multiple disabilities who require a highly customized program tailored to their individual needs. The school offers individualized teaching plans, a behavioral program, psychological counseling, speech/language, occupational and physical therapy, and adaptive programs to foster independence upon graduation. Additionally, there is a full slate of extracurricular activities including art and music education, cooking instruction, sports and horticultural therapy program.

The school serves students from Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic and Union.


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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