[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Monday, April 8, 2013
This post is by Raechell Brown, a Corporate Development Coordinator.
Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Market raised a record-setting $351,000 during their two-week Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece campaign, designed to raise awareness and funds for qualified local autism service providers.
An overwhelming amount of customers donated to the in-store campaign, which took place Feb. 27 through March 13, at 151 Sprouts stores throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Volunteers donated their time at participating stores to increase autism awareness and provide information and resources to the public.
Through Autism Speaks’ Neighborhood Grant Program, funds raised in each state from the Puzzle Piece campaign will be awarded to eligible autism service providers in the community. Qualified providers can receive up to $5,000 in grants. For more information about the Neighborhood Grant program and how to apply, visit sprouts.com/autism-speaks. Grant applications will be reviewed in October.
“As a parent, I’ve experienced firsthand the difference so many autism organizations make in helping families – from nonprofits providing therapy to service providers offering assistance with social skill development, employment and recreational opportunities, there are a lot of groups out there doing good work,” says Doug Sanders, president of Sprouts Farmers Market and past Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks chairman. “Our entire company is thrilled to be able to support their efforts through this new endeavor!” Sanders is also a father to a 4-year-old son with autism.
In addition to supporting the Puzzle Piece campaign, Sprouts is also a key corporate sponsor for Autism Speaks’ national signature fundraising and awareness event, Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Sprouts’ local Walks take place in Arizona, Orange County California, Houston, Oklahoma and Colorado. For more information, visit http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.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.