Gorton Bill Seeks $46 Million for Autism Research | Feb. 23, 1999 #AutisticHistory #StopBigAutism

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Gorton Bill Seeks $46 Million for Autism Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 1999

Washington, D.C. — Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA) introduced the Advancement in Autism Research Act today, a bill that would target $46.5 million in federal research dollars to help autistic children. 

“Even today, with advances in therapy and early intervention, few autistic children will go to college, hold a regular job, live independently or marry. More than half never learn how to speak,” Gorton said. “But the latest advances in medicine indicate that the opportunities for understanding, treating, and eventually curing autism are endless. I’m optimistic we will succeed this year in stepping up our federal commitment to autism research.”

Gorton introduced a similar measure last year, but the bill died in a congressional committee. Already, Gorton’s bill has been granted a hearing later this spring by Senator Bill Frist (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Public Health Subcommittee.

The University of Washington, one of the preeminent autism research centers in the nation, could be on the receiving end of $5 million in federal autism research funds should Gorton’s bill receive congressional approval.

At the news conference, Gorton cited the following statistics:

  • Autism affects two out of every 1,000 children born in the United States
  • Autism is more common than down syndrome, cancer, or cystic fibrosis
  • Autism research receives less than five percent of the funding of these other childhood diseases combined

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Note/Warning:

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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