Autism Speaks | Founding Member Of Legal Resource Center Joins Federal Bench | July 10, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA


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Founding Member Of Legal Resource Center Joins Federal Bench

July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (July 10, 2014) — The Senate has confirmed Philadelphia attorney, Cheryl Krause, a founding member of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center, to serve on the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals whose jurisdiction includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“We are thrilled for Cheryl, but will miss her invaluable contributions protecting the rights of the autism community,” said Dan Unumb, executive director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center. “We wish her well in achieving this prestigious position.”

Krause wrote a friend-of-the-court brief for Autism Speaks submitted in Burke v Independence Blue Cross that is now before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The case is an appeal of a lower court ruling that families have no right to appeal adverse decisions on insurance claims, but insurance companies do. The matter involves a boy with autism whose family was denied coverage for ABA provided by his parochial school.

In addition, Krause played a key role negotiating a settlement in a federal class action lawsuit against the Philadelphia School District involving the transfer of students with autism between schools to assure greater parent involvement.

A partner with the Philadelphia law firm Dechert LLP, Krause was nominated to the bench by President Barack Obama in February. Her nomination was approved 93-0 by the Senate on Monday.

“I am humbled and grateful to President Obama and the Senate, and in particular (Pennsylvania) Senators (Robert) Casey and (Pat) Toomey, for this opportunity to return to public service and am deeply honored to join the esteemed bench of this Court. I look forward to continuing its traditions of excellence and collegiality,” said Krause, who is a 1989 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a 1993 graduate of Stanford Law School.

Krause previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. While a partner at Dechert, Krause has contributed pro bono work, representing disabled children in partnership with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) and leading Dechert’s partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Law School in a project that supervises law students in providing appeals support for indigent defendants.

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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