California | Autism Politics, News & History | #BanABA

California | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

California became the 28th state to enact autism insurance reform that forced insurance providers to cover Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). ABA is known as Autistic Conversion Therapy in the Autistic Community.

The Autism Votes initiative was powered by Autism Speaks and other non-Autistic parent-founded autism organizations.

The ’autism community’ referenced in articles here is a different community than the Autistic community. The ’autism community’ prevented Autistics from participating in legislation, Autistic healthcare initiatives and more in a meaningful manner. Instead, Autistics are used as a prop or token in these initiatives. 

Autism Insurance Reform that included ABA was being protested by Autistics as it was being hailed by non-Autistics in the ’autism community.’ These non-Autistic parent-founded organizations and people didn’t listen to Autistics then, and they aren’t listening now.  

When this legislation was implemented, Autistics were silenced in the national conversation, and our civil, human and disabled rights circumvented or denied. 

Today, in every state, Autistics and our real allies are working hard to introduce legislation to get ABA banned.

We will be heard. 

September 9, 2011

Autism Speaks Hails California Legislature for Final Passage of Autism Insurance Bill, Urges Gov. Brown to Sign SB 946 into Law

July 20, 2011

Autism Speaks Urges Governor Brown To Halt Further DMHC Insurance Agreements On Autism Coverage

July 15, 2011

Autism Speaks Urges California Legislature to Follow Lead of 27 Other States, Act Quickly on Autism Insurance Reform Bill  

January 25, 2011

Autism Speaks Joins California Autism Community in Endorsing Autism Insurance Reform Bill

December 27, 2007

Autism Speaks Announces Multi-State Insurance Legislation Campaign

Autism Politics

California Autism Insurance Reform Legislation was enacted on October 9, 2011.

LegislationAB 88SB 1563SB 946, AB 171, SB 166

Affiliated people: Jim Beall Jr., Jerry Brown,Gavin Newsom, Don Perata, Darrell Steinberg, Lorri Unumb

Also: Alliance of California Autism Organizations (ACAO), CA Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission, Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), Autism Speaks, Autism Votes


May 14: SB.126 approved 5-0 by Senate Appropriations Committee

May 2: SB.126 approved 9-0 by Senate Health Committee; referred to Senate Appropriations

March 26: California Health Benefits Review Program finds “no  measurable cost impact’ from SB.126

January 26: SB.126, extending sunset on SB.946 from 2014 to 2019 introduced in Senate by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg


January 26: AB 171 voted out of Assembly 50-18; referred to Senate Health Committee

January 19: AB.171 voted out of Assembly Appropriations Committee; provisons for behavioral health treatments removed due to enactment of SB.946.


October 9: Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB.946, making California the 28th state to enact insurance reform

September 9: California Senate passes SB 946 by 25-4 vote.

September 9:California Assembly passes SB 946 by 51-11 vote.

August 17: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduces amendments to SB 770 to clarify, strengthen state settlements with insurers regarding autism benefits.

May 27:  Further action on AB 171 deferred until next year by Assembly Appropriations Committee.

May 3:  AB 171 is amended to include provisions to define qualified autism service providers.

April 26: AB 171 passes favorably out of Assembly Health Committee by a vote of 12-6.

April 7: SB 166 is referred to Senate Health Committee.

February 3: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 166, introduced in the Senate.

January 20: Autism insurance reform bill, Assembly Bill 171, introduced in the Assembly; referred to Assembly Health Committee. 

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The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”

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