Alabama | Autism Politics, News & History

Alabama | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Alabama the 46th state to enact autism insurance reform on May 19, 2017.

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. 


Alabama Legislative History

Alabama Governor signs autism insurance reform bill (May 23, 2017)

Alabama To End Medicaid Waiver Services That ‘Isolate’ Individuals (November 14, 2014)

Birmingham News: Alabama Senate Approves ‘Watered-down’ Autism Insurance Bill (April 11, 2012)

Advocates Rally Support for Insurance Bills at Annual Autism Legislative Day (March 15, 2012)

Autism Speaks Endorses Alabama Autism Insurance Reform Bills (February 15, 2012)

Summary of 2012 Alabama Autism Insurance Reform Bills (January 2012)

Autism Speaks Withdraws Endorsement of Alabama Autism Insurance Reform Bill (April 10, 2011)


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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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