SOURCE: The Autism Treatment Center of America

March 24, 2008 12:25 ET

Autism Treatment Center of America™ CEO Raun K. Kaufman, Himself Fully Recovered From Autism, Unleashes Bold Seven-Part Challenge for Autism Awareness Month -- April

Part 1: Stop Condemning Our Children to Life Sentences

SHEFFIELD, MA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - Raun K. Kaufman, CEO of The Autism Treatment Center of America, issued the following statement:

Why is cutting our children off at the knees so in vogue? Every day, children in this country are given a diagnosis of autism. A disorder that used to affect one in 10,000 children now affects one out of every 150.

Parents desperately searching for a light at the end of the tunnel are handed only dark predictions. A mother recently explained to me that, when her child was diagnosed, she was told that her son would never speak and that she should "grieve for the child she thought she had," and "have another child." This little boy was two years old.

Like this little boy, I, too, was diagnosed with autism. My parents were told I had a "hopeless, lifelong" condition and that I would never speak or live any semblance of a "normal" life.

My parents Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman discarded these dire prognostications and instead developed a program -- called The Son-Rise Program -- which enabled me to completely recover without any trace of my former condition. But I am not alone. Since then, many other children have progressed to full recovery.

And yet, on talk shows, in magazines, and, most criminally, in doctors' offices across this nation, we are told that autism remains a lifelong condition. We can continue to defend this practice or we can give our children a chance.

So the question is simple: Are you for our children or against them?

The Autism Treatment Center of America™ (ATCA) is home of The Son-Rise Program® for autism treatment and education. Son-Rise is the only program that:

--  Begins with the premise that children with autism are capable of
    limitless growth
--  Was created by parents for parents
--  Helps parents cure their children in some cases and achieve
    significant improvement in almost all cases
--  Has worked for more than 25,000 families from 75 countries
    

Media: To interview Raun K. Kaufman for Autism Awareness Month, contact Brenda Nashawaty at brenda@option.org or call 617-688-3253.

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