Illinois became the 8th state to enact autism insurance reform on December 13, 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.
Illinois enacted autism insurance reform on Dec. 13, 2008.
People: James DeLeo, Peter DiCianni, Lee Jorwic, Christopher Kennedy
Also: Autism Society of Illinois
Illinois Legislation History:
Autism Speaks Joins the Illinois Autism Community in Applauding State Legislators for Enacting Autism Insurance Legislation (December 13, 2008)
Illinois House and Senate Pass SB 934… Now On to the Governor (November 20, 2008)
Autism Insurance Bill Passed in Illinois House (May 29, 2008)
Autism Insurance Bill Introduced in Illinois State Legislature (February 21, 2008)