Autism Speaks to Washington | Nov. 13, 2013 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Autism Speaks to Washington

On November 13, the “Autism Speaks to Washington” summit convened at the George Washington University for a robust and exciting line up of keynote speakers and presentations unveiling Autism Speaks’ enhanced state and federal advocacy strategy, groundbreaking advances in science and research, and a full discussion of the barriers to, and opportunities for, addressing the housing needs of those with autism. 

Speakers, in order of appearance:

Mary Snow/Host, Autism Speaks To Washington
Suzanne Wright, Founder, Autism Speaks
Bob Wright, Founder, Autism Speaks
Liz Feld, President, Autism Speaks
Patrick Guerriero/ Founder, Civitas Public Affairs
Lorri Unumb/ Vice Pres., State Government Affairs
Judith Ursitti, Dir., State Government Relations
Mike Wasmer/ Assoc. Dir., State Government Affairs
Katie Keith/ The Trimpa Group
Kevin Roy/ Pres., Chesapeake Bay Ventures
Stuart Spielman/ Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel
Karen Driscoll/ Assoc. Dir., Gov’t Affairs & Military Relations
Shelley Hendrix/ Dir. of Grassroots Development

Adrienne Biddings/ Telecom Policy Counsel at Google
Rob Ring/ Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks
Michael Rosanoff/ Assoc. Dir. for Public Health Research and Scientific Review

Kerry Magro/ Autism Speaks

Sen. Robert Menendez/ D- New Jersey

Dr. Steven Knapp/ Pres., The George Washington Univ.
Rep. Eric Cantor/ House Majority Leader

Lisa Goring/ Vice Pres., Family Services, Autism Speaks 

Duncan Niederauer/ CEO and Dir., NYSE Euronext
Peter Gerhardt/ JPG Autism Consulting|
Anna Hundley/Exec. Dir., Autism Treatment Center of Texas
Tom Toronto/ Pres., Bergen County’s United Way
Patricia Wright/ Nat. Dir., Autism Services for Easter Seals

On Thursday, More than 260 autism activists from across the nation visited all 535 members of Congress, demanding a strategic national autism plan.

At Wednesday’s event, Autism Speaks announced the results of its National Housing Survey. Learn more here. Read a blog post from Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro, who introduced Sen. Menendez at the summit, here. Plus, see interviews with Sen. Menendez and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

On Wednesday night, singer Chelsea Stepp inspired the the crowd with a performance of her song “Beautiful Bless.”

Autism Speaks to DC kicked off on Tuesday with an event honoring the Congressional Autism Caucus. 

Read Autism Speaks President Liz Feld’s reflections on the Summit in this blog post.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

End Date: 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – 03:00

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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