Autism Speaks | Congress Reacts to New 1 in 50 Prevalence Report | March 22, 2013 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Congress Reacts to New 1 in 50 Prevalence Report

March 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 22, 2013) — Key Congressional champions for increased autism research and services say a new federal survey which found a 1 in 50 autism prevalence rate increases the urgency for a national strategy to address the epidemic.

In a telephone survey of 100,000 parents of children aged 6 to 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a 1 in 50 prevalence rate. The report indicates the nation’s prevalence rate may be higher than the official 1 in 88 rate, but does not replace that finding.

“The need for a comprehensive federal response to combat autism remains clear,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the Senate sponsor of the $693 million reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act enacted in 2011. “These new numbers further corroborate what other studies have shown: there is a desperate need for us to redouble our efforts to help these children learn and develop into happy, productive adults.”

Menendez pledged to support continued federal funding for research on new diagnostic methods and therapies.

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), who co-chairs the bi-partisan Congressional Autism Caucus, said the CDC report was “an urgent call for action by the federal government to address this growing epidemic. There’s just no avoiding the conclusion that it’s imperative that the federal government dedicate more resources to diagnosing and treating children with autism disorders.

“This isn’t a political issue,” Doyle said. “There’s been strong bipartisan, bicameral support for helping individuals with autism – ranging from additional research to additional training of health care and education professionals.  All of that requires more federal funding.” 

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), in a blog pubished in The Jewish Week, said, “Autism levels are growing and our government plays a key role in the solutions. We need to help support better scientific and medical understanding regarding autism. We also need to work every day to improve opportunities for people who already have Autism to get needed therapies, school supports and transitional services so they can get into jobs and have lives of dignity and respect.” 

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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