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Tom Brokaw Among Presenters Of American Image Awards For Autism Speaks
May 13, 2010
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has announced the presenters and slate of honorees to be recognized during the 32nd Annual AAFA American Image Awards benefiting Autism Speaks later this month.
During the 2010 AAFA American Image Awards, presenters will include Tom Brokaw, Tim Gunn and Robert Verdi. The Humanitarian Award will be presented to Bob and Suzanne Wright, Founders of Autism Speaks; the Designer of the Year Award will be presented to designer John Bartlett; the Fashion Maverick Award will be presented to Fern Mallis, Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion; the Retailer of the Year Award will be presented to GAP, Inc.; the Brand of the Year Award will be presented to Steve Madden; the E-Tailer of the Year Award will be presented to Shopbop.com; and the Excellence in Global Leadership Award will be presented to Li & Fung, Ltd., to be accepted by Bruce Rockowitz, President of Li & Fung, Ltd., and Rick Darling, President of LF USA.
“From behind the ‘seams’ to your online shopping cart, the 2010 American Image Award honorees embody the full gamut of the industry,” said AAFA President and CEOkevin M. Burke. “Our honorees represent the best in leadership and innovation within the industry and charity. We are very proud to recognize their accomplishments and work together to help raise awareness and funds for autism.”
Forty percent of the event’s net proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, the 2010 AAFAAmerican Image Awards partner charity. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading not-for-profit organization for autism research and awareness.
The annual industry charity event will be held May 26, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City at 6:30 PM.
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.