Autism Speaks | Lorri Unumb Wins NASCAR Humanitarian Award | Dec. 1, 2012 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Lorri Unumb Wins NASCAR Humanitarian Award

December 01, 2012

LAS VEGAS (November 30, 2012) — Lorri Shealy Unumb, Autism Speaks’ vice president for state government affairs, was named the winner of the NASCAR Foundation’s second annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, resulting in a $100,000 donation to the Autism Academy of South Carolina.

A Lexington, S.C., native and former Miss Southern 500 Pageant winner, Unumb was chosen from a group of four finalists by a national fan vote on NASCAR.COM. She was presented the award at the Sprint Cup Series Awards banquet here by Lesa France Kennedy, daughter of Betty Jane France and vice chair and executive vice president of NASCAR.

“It is hard for me to express what this gift from the NASCAR Foundation means for the Autism Academy of South Carolina,” Unumb said. “This financial donation will give us the footing to build on our services and reach more children in need. We are so thankful for the awareness and recognition that The NASCAR Foundation has created for us and are grateful to everyone who voted to make this a reality.”

Unumb spearheaded the enactment of South Carolina’s autism insurance reform law in 2007, named Ryan’s Law in honor of her son who has autism. She has since helped lead the passage of similar laws in 30 other states.

“Autism Speaks is incredibly fortunate to have Lorri help us make autism treatments accessible, probably the most important thing we can do for families today,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks’ executive vice president for programs and services.

The NASCAR Foundation’s $100,000 donation will be used to create a scholarship fund for children who otherwise would be unable to attend the Autism Academy, which Unumb and her husband founded.

“Lorri Unumb’s story is one of devotion to a child and dedication to a cause, which Unumb helped found.,” France said, “She certainly is a most-deserving winner of our second annual award. Lori absolutely personifies what this award is about and embodies The NASCAR Foundation mission. We are all so very proud to have her as our second recipient, as we know she will continue to fight for the rights of families living with autism.”

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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