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Autism Speaks Appoints New Members to Board of Directors
Top FedEx Executive and Attorney Join Autism Speaks Leadership
NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 10, 2008) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors, T. Michael Glenn, executive vice president at FedEx Corporation, and attorney Alison Niederauer. Bob Wright, chairman of the board and co-founder of Autism Speaks, announced their appointment during a recent board meeting.
T. Michael Glenn is married and the father of three children, the oldest of whom is a child with special needs. He is a member of FedEx’s five-person Executive Committee, responsible for planning and executing the corporation’s strategic business initiatives.
Glenn is a native of Memphis, Tenn. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and his MBA from the University of Memphis. Glenn currently serves on the board of directors for Renasant Bank and Pentair Inc.
Niederauer, a native of Montclair, N.J., earned her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and graduated with her J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1991. She was admitted to both the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations. Niederauer clerked for Federal Magistrate Judge John Caden in the EDNY from 1991 to 1992 before she and her husband moved to Tokyo. While there, she worked as an adviser in the legal department of Nichimen, one of Japan’s largest trading companies.
She is married to Duncan Niederauer, CEO of NYSE Euronext. They have three children. Their son Liam, now in fourth grade, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age four.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. 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 dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It 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. Autism Speaks merged with the Autism Coalition for Research and Education (ACRE), the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation’s leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
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.