Autism Speaks, Bank of America Expand Partnership To Support Autism Awareness  | Aug. 4, 2008 #AutisticHistory


[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]


Autism Speaks, Bank of America Expand Partnership To Support Autism Awareness 

Bank of America Makes Donation to Autism Speaks for Every Card and Deposit Program Opened by Consumers 

NEW YORK, NY (August, 4, 2008) – Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism advocacy organization, and Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions, today announced an expanded partnership that will give consumers a new way to support autism advocacy and research. 

Under the new agreement, the two organizations will offer an Autism Speaks Visa® credit card and personal checking account at more than 6,100 Bank of America banking centers and on the Autism Speaks Web site. In addition, CDs and IRAs will be offered at special rates. Bank of America will make a donation to Autism Speaks for every personal checking account and credit card account that is opened. Autism Speaks will also receive a further donation for every Check Card and credit card transaction.

“Bank of America is proud to support causes that are important to our customers,” said Lance Weaver, North America Card executive. “By adding Autism Speaks to our line of MyExpression™ banking products, we are enabling our customers to support this worthy organization that educates the public on this disorder affecting thousands of individuals with autism and their families.” 

“Customers can show their passion for autism advocacy every time they make a transaction using the Autism Speaks products,” said Affinity Management Vice President, David Dworsky. “The customized Visa®Check Card, credit card and checks will all feature the Autism Speaks logo.” 

“This exciting partnership with Bank of America will help us promote autism awareness to new audiences, while also providing a unique way for our supporters to proudly display their dedication to autism advocacy,” said Glenn Tringali, Autism Speaks executive vice president for fundraising and operations. “In addition, the funds generated by this program will enable us to enhance and expand our awareness, research, advocacy and family services efforts.”

Click here for more on this partnerhip. 


About Autism 
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 the world’s largest autism advocacy organization, 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. 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. For more information about autism and Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.

About Bank of America 
Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving more than 59 million consumer and small business relationships with more than 6,100 retail banking offices, more than 18,500 ATMs and award-winning online banking with more than 25 million active users. Bank of America offers industry leading support to more than 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients in more than 150 countries and has relationships with 99 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 83 percent of the Fortune Global 500. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Web site: http://www.bankofamerica.com.



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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