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Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.
CURE AUTISM NOW’S STATEMENT ON THE IOM RELEASE
October 3, 2001
For Cure Autism Now:
Cure Autism Now Supports Institute of Medicine’s Recommendation for Research into Possible Link between Mercury and Autism
LOS ANGELES-October 3, 2001 – Cure Autism Now Foundation, the largest private funder of biomedical research into autism, today applauded the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies for their research on the association between thimerosal and disorders such as autism.
“We are pleased with the IOM’s report and we applaud them for their recommendation for clinical studies to ascertain once and for all the potential link between thimerosal and autism,” said Jonathan Shestack, co-founder of Cure Autism Now Foundation (www.cureautismnow.org).
However, Shestack adds that he and his organization will continue to call for the removal of mercury-containing vaccines that remain in stock in clinics and pharmacies.
In a letter sent to the Immunization Safety Review Committee of the Institute of Medicine earlier this year, Cure Autism Now and their Scientific Review Council, along with other organizations like SafeMinds, urged the committee to take a closer look at the possible effects that thimerosal vaccines have on autism.
While the IOM’s studies found the link between mercury and autism to be inconclusive, they do submit that “it is medically plausible that some children’s risk of a neurodevelopmental disorder could rise in part through increased mercury exposure from thimerosal-containing vaccines.”
Cure Autism Now last week announced six new research awards as part of an Environmental Factors on Autism Initiative. These grants focus on the neurotoxicity of mercury and its possible implication in autism. Until recently, the chemical thimerosal, a mercury derivative, was a commonly used preservative in childhood vaccines and other medical and health products.
Cure Autism Now Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and funding autism research and accelerating the pace of scientific progress toward effective treatments and a cure. They are the largest private funder of biological research in autism providing over $8 million in grants since its inception in 1995. For more information about Cure Autism Now, please visit their website at www.cureautismnow.org.
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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 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.