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Autism Speaks Co-Hosts Workshop at 2013 APBA Convention 

February 04, 2013

LAS VEGAS (February 4, 2013) — Autism Speaks is co-hosting a full-day workshop on autism insurance to kick off the 3rd Annual Convention of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) March 21-23 at the Rio Hotel & Casino here. Early registration, including discounted hotel rates, ends February 28!

Autism Speaks is co-hosting the first workshop, Health Insurance Coverage for Autism Treatments, on Thursday March 21 from 8 am to noon, then 1:30 to 4:30. The presenters include:

  • Karen Driscoll, associate director, Federal and Military Affairs, Autism Speaks
  • Gina Green, APBA executive director
  • Angela Nelson, Missouri Department of Insurance
  • Daniel Unumb, Autism Speaks
  • Lorri Unumb, vice president, State Government Affairs, Autism Speaks
  • Judith Ursitti, director, State Government Affairs, Autism Speaks
  • Mike Wasmer, associate director, State Government Affairs, Autism Speaks

APBA hosts the annual convention to familiarize practitioners, parents and stakeholders on the latest developments with ABA. This year’s keynote speakers will be:  Dr. Thomas S. Critchfield, Illinois State University; Dr. Dorothea Lerman, University of Houston – Clear Lake; and Dr. Patrick C. Friman, Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health.

Lorri Unumb will be presented with the Dr. Jerry Shook Award during the conference.

To learn more about the conference, go here. 

A hotel reservation link, online registration, and other info about the convention can be accessed by going to and clicking the red text under the convention banner.

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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