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Autism Speaks Appoints Curtis Arledge, Jim Broder and Chuck Saftler to Its Board of Directors
NEW YORK, NY (February 4, 2010) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors: Curtis Arledge, Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income, BlackRock Inc.; Jim Broder, Managing Director at Deutsche Bank; and Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President at FX Network. Bob Wright, chairman of the board and co-founder of Autism Speaks, announced the appointments during a recent board meeting.
Arledge is Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income, Fundamental Portfolios within BlackRock’s Fixed Income Portfolio Management Group. Prior to rejoining BlackRock in 2008, Arledge was with Wachovia Corporation for twelve years, most recently as Global Head of the Fixed Income Division and a member of the Corporate and Investment Bank’s (CIB) Executive and CIB Risk/Return Committees. He and his wife, Diane, have a son on the autism spectrum.
Broder is the Managing Director in Fixed Income Sales at Deutsche Bank. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in July 2008, Broder was with Bear Stearns for 15 years as a Senior Managing Director in the Fixed Income Sales Division. Broder and his wife, Shannon, are the parents of two sons, and have been very active in the Autism Speaks community, particularly in Nantucket, M.A. Broder has co-chaired the Nantucket Walk Now for Autism Speaksfor the three years since its inception.
Saftler is the Executive Vice President of FX Networks as well as the General Manager of Fox Movie Channel. Saftler was part of the team that successfully launched shows such as The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me,and Sons of Anarchy. Prior to joining FX, Saftler worked in various program research positions at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, as well as Columbia Pictures Television, where he participated in the successful syndicated launches of Seinfeld and Married…With Children. Saftler, his wife Colleen and their two children, one of whom has autism, live in Los Angeles. He has been a member of the Autism Speaks community since 2002, having served as a board member of Cure Autism Now, which merged with Autism Speaks in 2007. Saftler is also on the board of ACT Today!
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism increased 57 percent from 2002 to 2006. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception only five short years ago, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $131 million to research and developing innovative new resources for families through 2014. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In addition to funding research, Autism Speaks also supports the Autism Treatment Network, Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and several other scientific and clinical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and an award-winning “Learn the Signs” campaign with the Ad Council which has received over $200 million in donated media. Autism Speaks’ family resources include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit, a community grant program and much more. Autism Speaks has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 80 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
About the Co-Founders
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. He also serves on the boards of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, RAND Corporation and the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Suzanne Wright has an extensive history of active involvement in community and philanthropic endeavors, mostly directed toward helping children. She serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is a Trustee Emeritus of Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater. In 2008, the Wrights were named to the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world for their commitment to global autism advocacy.
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.