Autistic people don’t need a cure. We need acceptance plus real and actual Autistic healthcare.
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Quote: “The goal is to put ourselves out of business and cure autism – not in a week or a month or whenever the scientists can get around to it – but NOW!”
— Daniel Geschwind
UCLA Associate Professor & Director of the neurogenetics program.
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“My Autistic children and I don’t need a cure. We need real and actual Autistic healthcare.”
— Eve Reiland,
#ActuallyAutistic vintage ’72
& Parenting Autistics Since ’93
Rather then wait helplessly, Shestack and Iversen started CAN. They also started their own gene bank, called the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE). The group gives away DNA samples from people with two or more autistic children, as long as the research conducted is shared with other scientists.
“This strategy is unbelievably effective and has motivated dozens of researchers who otherwise would not have studied autism,” reports Dr. Daniel Geschwind, associate professor and director of the neurogenetics program at UCLA.
As a result, genome scans have already narrowed the search for the elusive genes that cause autism. “There was nothing two years ago,” adds Geschwind. “Now I would optimistically predict that in two years we will have some of the autism genes identified.”
But according to a light-hearted Edwards, research still isn’t moving fast enough. “As I always joke with Jonathan, the goal is to put ourselves out of business and cure autism — not in a week or a month or whenever the scientists can get around to it — but NOW!”
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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.