[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Peter Bell Re-appointed to White House Disabilities Panel
July 18, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2012) — Autism Speaks Executive Vice President of Programs and Services Peter Bell has been re-appointed as a member of the Presidents Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, which advises the President and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on issues that impact people with intellectual disabilities and their quality of life. Bell was first appointed to the Committee earlier this year.
The Committee consists of 21 citizen members appointed by the President and 13 ex officio (Federal Government) members designated by the President. Their charge is to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and uphold their right to enjoy a quality of life that promotes independence, self-determination, and full participation as productive members of society. The Committees goals include the assurance of full citizenship rights, the reduction of the occurrence and severity of intellectual disabilities and the promotion of forward thinking programs and services and cutting edge assistive technologies to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
I am honored to continue representing Autism Speaks and the millions of individuals and their families who live with an intellectual or development disability (IDD), said Bell. The Presidents Committee is focused on making sure the IDD population is well supported, well represented and given the opportunity to lead the most meaningful lives they can. As the prevalence of autism continues to grow at an exponential rate, it is even more critical to raise awareness of these needs and to identify and quickly implement solutions that will benefit the IDD population.
Bell, the father of a teenage son with autism, oversees Autism Speaks government relations and family services activities and also serves as an advisor to the science division. He serves on numerous boards and commissions, including as co-founder and president of Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA), chair of the Community Advisory Committee of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), and former chair and member of the Integration Panel of the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for autism research.
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.