Autistic people are not a tsunami. We are #ActuallyAutistic.
Square image divided. Left side features blue background and an image of a blonde woman with blue eyes and blue outfit. Quote: There is a huge autism tsunami that is about to hit …”
— Lorri Unumb, Esq.,
Autism Speaks Vice President of State Government Affairs
October 6, 2010
at Michigan Senate Hearing
on Autism Insurance Reform
Other half is white/gray with the text:
I am not a tsunami. I am Autistic.
— Eve Reiland, #ActuallyAutistic
& Parent To Autistics
(October 6, 2010)
Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks senior policy advisor & counsel, testified at the Michigan hearing and told the Senate panel,
“There is a huge autism tsunami that is about to hit Michigan. And it’s going to cost an extraordinary amount of money in special education, adult care, institutionalization, if this current generation of kids doesn’t get the treatment that it needs.
Without private insurance playing its part, that treatment simply is not going to happen.
Articles with Lorri Unumb that mention ‘autism tsunami’ in their marketing & lobbying of ABA
Autism Speaks: Community Connections: Siblings | Circa October 30, 2009
Autism Speaks Joins New York Autism Community In Calling For An End To Autism Insurance Discrimination In The Empire State | Oct. 23, 2009
Last Michigan Senate Task Force Meeting Held October 5 | Oct. 6, 2010
More With Lorri Unumb
More That Include The ‘Tsunami’ Narrative
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.