Florida enacted autism insurance reform on May 2, 2008. The reform 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.
Florida Insurance Reform FAQS (2008)
Florida Bill in 2008 (PDF)
Florida autism insurance legislation was enacted May 2, 2008.
People: Charlie Crist , Ari Porth, Kenneth Pruitt, Marco Rubio , Andy Gardiner, Steven Geller
Florida Legislation History
Florida Governor Charlie Crist Appoints Elizabeth Emken, Autism Speaks Vice President of Government Relations, to the Developmental Disabilities Compact Workgroup (August 15, 2008)
Autism Speaks Applauds Florida Governor Charlie Crist and State Legislators for Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (May 2, 2008)
Update on Florida House Bill 1291 (April 9, 2008)
Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio Announces the Creation of the House Select Committee on Autism and Developmental Disorders (April 4, 2008)
Florida Senate Health Policy Committee Passes SB 2654! (April 2, 2008)
Autism Insurance Bills PASS First Round of Committee Meetings (March 18, 2008)
Florida State Legislature to Hold Committee Hearings on Autism Insurance Bills (March 17, 2008)
Autism Insurance Bill Introduced in Florida State Legislature (March 7, 2008)
Elizabeth Emken Appointed to Florida Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders (March 7, 2008)