Network Appliance Donates File Servers to the Cure Autism Now Foundation | June 28, 1999 #AutisticHistory

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Network Appliance Donates File Servers to the Cure Autism Now Foundation

Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) Press Release

NetApp Filers Assist With High Speed DNA Modeling

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 28, 1999–Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in enterprise data management solutions, and the Cure Autism Now Foundation (CAN) have partnered in a program to help genetic researchers worldwide find a cure for autism. Autism, a terrible neurological disorder, affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and one child out of every 500 born today. 

Network Appliance donated two file server appliances, or “filers,” along with installation and support services to CAN in support of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) Gene Bank. 

“Network Appliance is in the business of making products that allow users to share common data with each other,” said Patrick Jones, director of systems engineering at Network Appliance. “The AGRE gene bank is an amazing example of how Internet and file serving technologies are literally changing the way medical research is accomplished. Network Appliance is proud to be part of a project that involves the storing of massive amounts of data and making that data available to researchers worldwide in search of a cure for autism.” 

The filers that Network Appliance is donating to CAN will act as the main storage facility for the AGRE Gene Bank. The AGRE Gene Bank is a collection of (DNA) samples from over 500 families (with multiple) autistic children. These samples are then immortalized and the gene (information) decoded and stored as a digital image on the filers. The raw data will be made available to genetic researchers across the world via the Internet allowing for an unprecedented amount of collaboration between the best scientific minds in the world. 

“This gift is the final piece of the project. By ourselves, we were able to find the families, diagnose and recruit them, and preserve their DNA, but now with this tremendous gift, we can take that information and make it truly accessible to as many talented scientists worldwide as possible,” stated Jonathan Shestack, Co-founder of CAN. “Network Appliance has turned AGRE from a hope and a dream into a world class scientific resource.” 

About The CAN Foundation

CAN is a non-profit organization of parents, physicians and researchers, dedicated to promoting and funding research with direct clinical implications for treatment and a cure for autism. CAN believes that early detection, prevention, treatment and eventually a cure for autism are possible. It is only a matter of time, energy, commitment and money. Particularly now, when the explosion in scientific and medical knowledge is leading to important discoveries every day, CAN does not want to let another generation of children slip away. For more information, please visit the CAN website at

About Network Appliance

Network Appliance, a veteran in network file serving and caching, has been providing data access solutions since 1992. Major corporations and ISPs, including Lycos, Yahoo!, Citicorp Securities, Siemens, Lockheed, Cisco, Motorola and Texas Instruments have deployed NetApp(R) solutions. NetApp Internet caching solutions (NetCache(TM) and appliances) and file servers (“filers”) deliver fast, simple, reliable and cost-effective access to network-stored data and enable simultaneous shared file services for UNIX(R), Windows NT(R) and the World Wide Web. 

The company pioneered the concept of the “network appliance,” an extension of the industry trend toward dedicated, specialized products that perform a single function. Network Appliance(TM) filers and NetCache appliances are based on the Company’s innovative data access software known as Data ONTAP(TM) operating system and standards-compliant hardware. More information is available at

Note to Editors: NetApp is a registered trademark and Network Appliance, Data ONTAP and NetCache are trademarks of Network Appliance, Inc. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such. 

CONTACT: Network Appliance, 
Inc Adam Trunkey, 

Dan Klores Associates 
for Cure Autism Now Foundation 

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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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