[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Obama Marks WAAD With $100 Million Brain Initiative
April 02, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2013) — President Obama commemorated World Autism Awareness Day by announcing the launch of a $100 million brain science initiative “designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain.” The announcement was made from the White House following an event in the Blue Room where Autism Speaks and other advocates celebrated “Light It Up Blue.”
The goal of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative will be to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and potentially prevent brain disorders, such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.
Shortly after the White House announcement, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced a new bill would be introduced in Congress to prioritize research funding for autism.
“As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom,” the President said. “But we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears….So, as a result, we’re still unable to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s or autism, or fully reverse the effects of a stroke.”
The BRAIN initiative, Obama said, “will change that by giving scientists the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action and better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember. And that knowledge could be — will be– transformative.”
The BRAIN initiative will allocate $100 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation. NIH will allocate $40 million to its Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, that supports the development of new tools, training opportunities, and other resources.
Additionally, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring April 2 World Autism Awareness Day.
“…While our country has made progress in supporting Americans with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), we are only beginning to understand the factors behind the challenges they face,” the proclamation reads. “On World Autism Awareness Day, we recommit to helping individuals on the autism spectrum reach their full potential.”
The proclamation stated that the Affordable Care Act, which will go into full operation in 2014, “will make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against men and women with preexisting conditions, including ASDs. And looking ahead, my Administration is investing in medical research that can help unlock tomorrow’s breakthroughs in autism detection, intervention, and education.”
Autism Speaks President Liz Feld said, “We welcome the President’s announcement of this critically important initiative. At the same time, we intend to continue working closely with the administration to assure the Affordable Care Act fully incorporates behavioral health treatment for autism as an essential health benefit.”
While calling a federal plan for brain research “critically important,” Feld emphasized an equal need for a national strategy to address the financial, medical and educational needs of families.
“In particular, we need a national strategy to support and integrate the half million young adults with autism who are about to age out of school-based services,” she said. “They need jobs, housing and help with community integration. So many are employable. But they need employers and transition help to get them on the path.”
Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, Ph.D. said BRAIN “promises to shed light on the neural processes involved in how the brain becomes interconnected over time.” Autism affects how the brain makes connections, both between individual brain cells and across different brain regions. This past year, a study supported by Autism Speaks funding showed differences in the early wiring of the brain in infants who later develop autism.
“Advancing this understanding will help us better understand autism, detect it earlier and develop better interventions,” Dr. Dawson said.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
More With Autism Votes
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.