[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Casey’s, Hy-Vee Taking Part in Autism Awareness Month
NEW YORK — Casey’s General Stores and Hy-Vee are taking part in the series of awareness and fundraising initiatives planned by Autism Speaks — the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization — to celebrate Autism Awareness Month in April.
“We are very fortunate to have this remarkable group of partners who share our passion for making life better for individuals with autism and their families,” Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks, said in a statement. “Our thanks go to the leadership of these companies, but also to their employees who invest so much time and bring tremendous enthusiasm to the cause of autism advocacy.”
For the first time, Casey’s General Stores will sell puzzle pieces for $1 at its more than 1,500 convenience stores in nine Midwestern states to benefit Autism Speaks.
Meanwhile, throughout the month of April, Hy-Vee stores will distribute more than three million plastic grocery bags adorned with the Autism Speaks logo and awareness facts. Hy-Vee is also a sponsor of the Iowa Walk Now for Autism Speaks on June 19. During the week of April 19-25, a percentage of the chain’s sales will be donated to the event.
Since its inception five years ago, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing more than $142.5 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 supports the Autism Treatment Network, Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and other scientific and clinical programs.
Autism is a neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and often is accompanied by behavioral challenges.
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.