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International Day of Protest Against ABA
August 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
August 31st is the International Day of Protest Against ABA, a day of action for Autistic self-advocates to stand in opposition to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy.
ABA was pioneered in the 1960s by Ole Ivar Løvaas, a psychologist who also published work developing gay conversion therapy. Since Autistic people are disproportionately 2SLGBTQIA+ and ABA is methodologically similar to gay conversion therapy, many Autistic people refer to ABA as “Autistic conversion therapy.” Both therapies are based in behaviourism, using rewards and punishments to discourage behavioural differences and teaching patients to place the approval of others over their own well-being.
For these reasons as well as the lived experiences of Autistic people who have undergone ABA, we will be hosting a protest on August 31st at 6 pm EST at the Human Rights Monument outside of City Hall.
Autistic Liberation Now!
Nothing About Us Without Us!
Link to the ANLFO Discord Server for anyone who would like to join: https://discord.gg/VauzZzpmNG