SOURCE: The Autism Treatment Center of America

December 10, 2007 09:00 ET

International Autism Expert Raun K. Kaufman Applauds Senator Hillary Clinton's Autism Plan, Urges Understanding That Autism Is Curable

SHEFFIELD, MA--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - Last month, Senator Hillary Clinton made a pledge to increase autism research and education to $700 million a year. The Senator also stated that we do not know how to cure autism, or the best ways to treat autism.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word "cure" as: "1 a: to restore to health, soundness, or normality; b: to bring about recovery from."

Raun K. Kaufman, CEO of The Autism Treatment Center of America™ and himself fully cured from autism, issued the following statement:

"We commend Senator Clinton for acknowledging that we are in the midst of a growing autism epidemic and for proposing a bold and meaningful plan to address it. But we urge the Senator and her advisors to recognize that an autism cure is possible. I met Senator Clinton and discussed with her my history, so she has met at least one formerly autistic person. There are many others. Funding only matters if it is based upon the premise that these children can be helped."

As a child, Mr. Kaufman was diagnosed with severe autism and recommended for lifelong institutionalization. Instead, his parents developed The Son-Rise Program®, which enabled their son's complete cure. Now an international speaker and Ivy League graduate, Mr. Kaufman bears no traces of his former condition.

The Autism Treatment Center of America,, is home of The Son-Rise Program for autism treatment and education. The Son-Rise Program is the only program that:

--  Was created by parents for parents
--  Helps parents cure their children in some cases and bring about
    significant improvement in almost all cases
--  Has worked for 25,000 families from 75 countries with a radical
    departure from traditional behavior modification for autism
--  Takes a situation that can be divisive and uses it to unite families

About The Autism Treatment Center of America

The Autism Treatment Center of America is the worldwide teaching center for The Son-Rise Program, a powerful, effective and totally unique treatment for children and adults challenged by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental difficulties. For more information, visit

The Son-Rise Program is a registered trademark of Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman. The Autism Treatment Center of America is a trademark of The Option Institute.

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