[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
‘1 in 88’ Campaign Gears Up for Debate #2
October 13, 2012
NEW YORK (October 13, 2012) — Autism Speaks is preparing for Tuesday’s Presidential debate at Hofstra University by organizing advocates to appear at Good Morning America, the Today show and a pre-debate event, and encouraging advocates outside the New York area to make the”1 in 88 Can’t Wait” message seen and heard.
Advocates will be outside the Good Morning America and Today show broadcasts holding “1 in 88 Can’t Wait” signs. If you do not live in the New York area, here is what you can do to help:
1.) Take a picture of you, your family or your child holding a poster that says something like, “My 1 in 88 can’t wait!”, “I’m 1 in 88 with autism & can’t wait!”, “Put autism in the debates”, “We love our 1 in 88 and can’t wait for you to put autism in the debates.”
Decorate the poster, be creative, have fun. Share your picture with us on your Facebook Page to show your friends what you are doing!
2) Tweet the picture to ABC’s Good Morning America for its Monday broadcast and NBC’s Today show Tuesday. We will have community members holding signs outside of GMA on Monday (Oct. 15) & outside Today on Tuesday (Oct. 16). CBS This Morning doesn’t have an outdoor venue, but we can still send them pictures! Participate from home by sending both the candidates & news shows your pictures.
First, here are suggested Tweets:
“Hey @BarackObama @MittRomney @GMA Our 1 in 88 can’t wait. Put #autism in the #debates! #AutismVotes2012”
“Hey @BarackObama @MittRomney @todayshow Our 1 in 88 can’t wait. Put #autism in the #debates! #AutismVotes2012”
“Hey @BarackObama @MittRomney @cbsthismorning Our 1 in 88 can’t wait. Put #autism in the #debates! #AutismVotes2012”
Then, attach your Twitpic and tweet!
NOTE: If you don’t have a Twitter account, create one easily at www.twitter.com
3) Post on the candidates’ Facebook pages. Continue to visit the Obama Campaign Facebook page here and the Romney Campaign Facebook page here throughout the weekend. You cannot post directly to their pages, so please post this wherever you can on their Facebook page, even under a seemingly unrelated topic. The goal is for each campaign to see thousands of posts from the autism community:
(President Obama/Governor Romney) – Our 1 in 88 can’t wait for leadership and a plan surrounding all the issues the autism community faces today. Please discuss autism in the debate at Hofstra Univeristy & let us know what you will do to help people living with autism today.
Between 3 pm and 11 pm on Tuesday, the day of the debate, Hofstra will operate a Public Area at its Hempstead, Long Island campus where advocates can make their voices heard. Autism Speaks is registered and will be there to speak and build an audience.
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.