On August 13, 2009, New Jersey became the 14th 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.
Legislation: S 1651, A 2238, S 1651
People: Jon Corzine, Joseph Roberts, Joan Voss, Vincent Prieto, Joseph Vitale, Loretta Weinberg
New Jersey Legislation History:
Governor Jon Corzine Signs Autism Reform Bill in New Jersey (August 13, 2009)
Autism Speaks Joins The New Jersey Autism Community In Applauding State Legislature For Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (June 25, 2009)
Autism Speaks Joins the New Jersey Autism Community In Applauding State Senate Passage Of Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (June 18, 2009)
Autism Speaks Co-Founder Bob Wright Testifies At New Jersey Legislature Hearing In Support Of Autism Insurance Reform Bill (May 18, 2009)
Autism Insurance Bill Moving Forward in New Jersey (June 6, 2008)
National Public Radio Covers New Jersey Autism Case (September 26, 2007)
New Jersey Governor Corzine Signs Bills on Autism (September 12, 2007)
New Jersey Autism Insurance Reform Legislation was enacted on August 13, 2009.
August 13, 2009: Governor Jon Corzine signs S. 1651 into law
June 25, 2009: The Assembly concurs on passage of S. 1651. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for signature into law
June 18, 2009: S. 1651 is passed by the State Senate. The bill must go back to the Assembly for concurrence
June 15, 2009: S. 1651 is passed by the Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations.
May 21, 2009: A. 2238 passed by the State Assembly. The bill now heads to the State Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee.
May 18, 2009: S. 1651 is passed by the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee. The bill now heads to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
May 18, 2009: Committee Substitute for A. 2238 is passed by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee. The bill now heads to the Assembly floor for a vote.
May 5, 2008: Autism insurance reform bill, S. 1651, introduced in the State Senate. The bill is referred to the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee.
February 25, 2008: Autism insurance reform bill, A. 2238, introduced in the State Assembly. The bill is referred to the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.