[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Congressman Raises Over $27,000 at Bike to the Beach
August 06, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (August 6, 2013) — U.S. Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat representing Pittsburgh, led his Bike to the Beach team on a 104-mile bike ride from Washington to Dewey Beach, DE, beating its fundraising goal of $25,000 for Autism Speaks.
Doyle [center in Pirates’ hat], who cofounded the Congressional Autism Caucus 12 years ago with Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), raised $27,708, the second highest total during the annual charity event. Doyle’s team included his brother Pat, his son Kevin and nephew Cameron.
Bike to the Beach was created in 2007 as a non-profit to raise awareness of biking as a viable transportation alternative. The group chose autism as its fundraising cause and additional Bike to the Beach events were created in New York and Boston.
Doyle and Smith have helped grow the Congressional Autism Caucus to 180 Members of Congress from both parties. “Our caucus is dedicated to raising awareness about autism, providing a forum for policy discussions, promoting research funding, and developing legislative solutions to ease the burden of families affected by autism,” Doyle said.
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.