The Autism Coalition (ACRE): About Us, Mission Statement, History & Members | 2002

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

The Autism Coalition 

Mission Statement

To raise money and dispense funds to the programs and projects of existing autism organizations who have ongoing programs to fund biomedical and applied research, and provide education and services to the autistic communityTo speak with one voice on certain common concerns, such as the need to increase funding for autism, the third most common development disability

To share information among our members to enable us to work more efficiently and effectively, and aggregate our resources


The Autism Coalition was formed to give a national voice to this devastating disorder and bring together the major nationally recognized research and education organizations, as well as many of the regional autism groups. The Coalition’s main goal is to raise funds and disperse grants to existing autism organizations with established biomedical and applied research projects and services to the autism community.

These fundraising ventures also are a means to raise national awareness of autism and the needs of the autism community. Although there were many competing and overlapping parent organizations advocating for autism, there was no single voice addressing the common concerns for the autistic community.

Kevin Murray, along with three other governing board members, founded the Coalition in 1999 and already the Coalition has become the central hub for providing direction to the national autism efforts. The Coalition enables the efficient and effective work at both national and regional levels. The Coalition has raised over one million dollars to fund state of the art biomedical research efforts as well as important services to children and adults with autism. 


Biomedical and applied researchEducation and treatmentAdvocacy and awarenessSupport services


Autism Society of America (ASA)

Cure Autism Now (CAN)

Dan Marino Foundation

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation, Inc.

National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)

Unlocking Autism


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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