Oregon | Autism Politics, News & History

Oregon became the 34th state to enact autism insurance reform on August 14, 2013.

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.

Oregon Legislative History

Autism Politics

Oregon enacted autism insurance reform on Aug. 14, 2013.

Legislation: HB 3000HB 2214SB 555, SB 365, SB 414,

People: Peter BuckleyJim ThompsonChris EdwardsSuzanne Bonamici , Alan Bates, John Kitzhaber, Chip Shields

Bill History


July 3: SB.414 signed by Governor Kitzhaber

July 1: SB.365 approved 56-0 by the House; sent to Governor Kitzhaber

June 29: SB.365 approved 28-0 by Senate

June 28: SB.414 approved 47-13 by House; sent to Governor Kitzhaber 

June 26: SB.365 voted out of Joint Ways and Means Committee; sent to Senate and House floors

June 19: SB.414 approved 19-10 by Senate; referred to House

April 24: Senate Health Care and Human Services Committee amends, passes SB.365; referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee

April 4: Senate Health Care and Human Services Committee hears SB.365

January 14: SB.365 introduced in Senate by Sen. Alan Bates (D-Medford); referred to Senate Health Care and Human Services Committee
SB.414 introduced in Senate by Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland); referred to Senate General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection Committee 


June: SB.555 fails to receive consideration in Joint Ways and Means Committee; legislative session ends

May 5: SB.555 passes Senate Health Committee unanimously with amendments; referred to Joint Ways and Means Committee

February 16: SB.555 heard in Senate Committee on Health Care, Human Services and Rural Health Policy; no vote 

February 7: HB.2214 heard in House Health Care Committee; no vote 

January 10: Autism insurance reform bills, HB 2214/SB 555, introduced 

2010 (No legislative session)


June: Oregon state legislative session ends without passage of HB.3000

May 1: HB.3000 referred to Rules Committee by House Speaker

April 8: House Health Care Committee hears HB.3000; no vote

March 9: HB.3000 referred to House Health Care Committee

March 3: Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 3000, introduced by Representative Peter Buckley

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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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