[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Romney, Obama Campaigns On Board for Disabilities Event
September 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, OH (September 24, 2012) — The National Forum on Disabilities Issues announcedthat it has lined up Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington state Republican, to represent the Romney campaign and Ted Kennedy Jr., the son of the former Massachusetts senator, to represent the Obama campaign for a campaign forum this Friday.
The forum represents the only campaign event this year that will focus exclusively on disability issues, including autism. More than 80 national disabilities organizations, including Autism Speaks, are sponsoring the event which can be viewed live via webcast between 12:30 and 3:30 pm EST.
Former CNN White House bureau chief Frank Sesno will serve as moderator. Kennedy and McMorris Rogers will each occupy the stage exclusively for 30 minutes. They will have 10 minutes to present their party’s vision for the nation’s disability policy in America then take 20 minutes to respond to questions presented by Sesno.
The questions have been generated from the disability community. Each candidate was asked to address issues such as employment, health care, long-term community-based services and supports, education, transportation, housing, and research.
The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus before a capacity crowd of 500 Americans with disabilities; more than 2,000 have already registered for the live webcast. In addition to the Presidential race, the forum will focus on the Ohio U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and state Treasurer John Mandel.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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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.