Cure Autism Now | AIR FORCE ONE COMES IN FOR A LANDING | July 24, 1997 #AutisticHistory

[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]

Thursday, July 24, 1997
By Bill Higgins
The Los Angeles Times


    The Scene: Monday’s benefit world premiere of Columbia’s “Air Force One” at the Cineplex Odeon in Century City. 

    This is the big midsummer Harrison Ford action film–as president he does a Rambo against those pesky terrorists infesting his plane. “It’s a wonderful, entertaining film with a very strong thread of emotion that runs through it that dignifies the whole process,” said Ford. “This film is as well-equipped to do well as any film I’ve ever made.”

     Who Was There: Ford, director Wolfgang Petersen, producers Armyan Bernstein and Gail Katz, plus 1,500 guests, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Kelly Preston, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Tia Carrere, Martin Landau, Colm Meaney, Richard Baskin, Lou Pitt, Nick Reed, Brad Krevoy, Mike Marcus, Steve Stabler and studio execs John Calley, Lucy Fisher, Gareth Wigan and Bob Levin. 

    The After-Party: The grassy plaza adjacent to the theater was done over by Along Came Mary with red, white and blue bunting, dozens of flags and 20 buffets with American chow. It had the feel of a D.C. fund-raising party. But with better-looking guests because–as the epigram goes–“Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.” 

     Quoted: Director Petersen (who made the classic submarine film “Das Boot”) on working with confined space: “The best dramatic situation is when people are locked away and they can’t escape. But it’s very important the audience know every inch of where the drama takes place. Map out the geography of the drama. Then when the action takes place, the audience knows precisely where they are and they enjoy it much more.” 

    Most Stellar Press Inquiry: UPN’s Miguel A. Nunez Jr. was on hand to “come out here and mess with people” for a one-hour special. He asked Ford, “You’ve got 900 acres in Montana. Can I mow your grass?” Pretty much any time he wants. 

     Fashion Trend: A tide of wedgie sandals. Once in the realm of Prada, they’ve reached the cheapie/knockoff stage. “Wedgies for the masses,” is the way one fashion maven described the inundation.

 Money Matters: More than $250,000 was raised for Cure Autism Now’s work in biological research. 

“People used to think autism was a psychological disorder,” said founder Jon Shestack, “but it’s a medical disorder that will have a medical cure. 

     Tag line: A Hollywood savant said of Ford’s career, “After the movie, I turned to my wife and said, ‘Looks like he’s got four more years.’ “

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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 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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