Autism Speaks | Major Disabilities Groups Sign On To CARA 2014 | June 4, 2014 #AutisticHistory #BanABA #EndAutismSpeaks


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Major Disabilities Groups Sign On To CARA 2014

June 04, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (June 4, 2014) — A coalition of 36 national disabilities organizations, including Autism Speaks, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Easter Seals, The Arc, National Down Syndrome Society, March of Dimes and the Autism Society of America, is urging Congress to pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014 (CARA) before the current law expires September 30.

Working through the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the coalition has urged Congress “to ensure that action is taken quickly to reauthorize this before the law expires in September.

“With the increasing prevalence of ASD, we cannot scale back our national effort by letting provisions of the Combating Autism Act sunset,” the CCD coalition told Congress.

Since it was enacted in 2006 then renewed in 2011, the Combating Autism Act has dedicated $1.735 billion in federal funding for research, prevalence monitoring and training of medical professionals. If not renewed by Congress by September 30, the funding authorizations will expire, jeopardizing the federal government’s response to the skyrocketing growth in autism diagnoses.

Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA), the co-chairs of the Congressional Autism Caucus, introduced CARA 2014 last month. The bill, (HR.4631), has gained 70 co-sponsors. The bill was amended last week and sent to the House Energy & Commerce Committee for consideration as early as next week.

“While a number of federal ASD efforts were in existence prior to the Combating Autism Act, the law has dramatically increased the number, scope, pace, and coordination of ASD research, surveillance, public education, and professional training efforts,” the CCD coalition said. “This comprehensive strategy is accelerating our efforts to better understand this increasingly prevalent developmental disability.

“Because of this law, today there is growing awareness in our schools, doctors’ offices, and communities about ASD and how to best serve individuals and families. Among its many notable achievements are an increase in the proportion of infants screened for ASD, an increase in the proportion of children diagnosed by three from 12 to 18 percent, and continuing improvements to decrease the time between diagnosis and intervention.”

The coalition members include:

  • American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association on Health and Disability
  • American Dance Therapy Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • Autism Society of America
  • Autism Speaks
  • Autism National Committee
  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • Children’s Hospital Association
  • Council for Learning Disabilities
  • Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
  • Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Easter Seals
  • Family Voices
  • IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinators Association
  • Lutheran Services in America Disability Network
  • March of Dimes
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National Down Syndrome Society
  • National Respite Coalition
  • Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered
  • School of Social Work Association of America
  • SourceAmerica
  • The Advocacy Institute
  • The Arc of the United States

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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