Autism Speaks Issues Memo of Support for Justice Center Inititiative (PDF Avail.) | May 14, 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks Issues Memo of Support for Justice Center Inititiative

May 14, 2012

NEW YORK (May 14, 2012) — Autism Speaks today issued a Memo of Support for S.7400, the Protection of People with Special Needs Act.” Sponsored by Sen. Roy McDonald, the bill incorporates an enforcement initiative proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to crack down on abuse and neglect of the state’s special needs population. Read the memo below.

Autism Speaks Memo of Support

“The Protection of People with Special Needs Act” S.7400, Sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald

Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism science and research organization, expresses its support for S.7400, sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald, and thanks Governor Andrew Cuomo for his leadership in proposing forceful steps to prevent abuse against the disabled. Autism Speaks believes that government has no more basic responsibility than caring for those who cannot care for themselves.

In that regard, Autism Speaks has the responsibility as an advocacy organization to ensure that the interests and needs of those with autism and their loved ones are heard at the highest levels of government and that meaningful action is taken on their concerns. Governor Cuomo has demonstrated that he is listening.

The Protection of People with Special Needs Act consolidates and brings coordination to New York’s investigation and prosecution of acts of neglect and abuse against people with special needs, society’s most vulnerable citizens. S.7400 establishes consistent standards governing the behavior of caregivers along with the mechanisms necessary to provide timely and effective investigation of complaints.

The creation of a 24/7 hotline, a statewide database to track reports of abuse and neglect, and a statewide register of workers are all long overdue. The legislation would also establish processes to assure that abusive individuals are expelled from the service delivery system.

Autism Speaks welcomes Governor Cuomo’s pledge to invest the resources behind these initiatives to allow for success and the personal commitment to quickly put them in place. While episodes of abuse are attributable to a small minority of individuals, it is essential that the necessary ingredients are put in place to prevent future abuse and to prosecute incidents that may occur. Autism Speaks believes that a 360-approach to abuse and neglect of our special needs population should also address the need to recruit, hire and train individuals who can become successful caregivers.

Removing unqualified individuals from the system must be accompanied by steps to ensure qualified individuals enter the system. Autism Speaks intends to work closely with the Legislature and Governor Cuomo on developing workable solutions for stopping abuse and providing quality care.

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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