Arkansas | Autism Politics, News & History

Arkansas | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Arkansas enacted autism insurance reform on March 4, 2011. 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. 


Arkansas Legislative History

Arkansas Becomes the First State In 2011 And The 24th State Overall To Enact Autism Insurance Reform Legislation ( March 4, 2011)

Autism Speaks Joins the Arkansas Autism Community In Applauding Senate Members For Passing Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (March 3, 2011)

Autism Speaks Joins the Arkansas Autism Community In Applauding House Members For Passing Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (February 25, 2011)

Autism Speaks Endorses The Arkansas Autism Insurance Reform Bill (February 3, 2011)

Autism Speaks Endorses Arkansas Autism Insurance Reform Bill  (March 18, 2009)


Summary Of The 2011 Arkansas Autism Insurance Reform Law (October 2, 2011)


Autism Politics

Arkansas enacted autism insurance reform on March 4, 2011

LegislationSB 913, HB 1315

People: Uvalde Lindsey Mary Anne Salmon


Bill History

March 4, 2011: HB 1315 signed into law by Governor Mike Beebe.

March 2, 2011: HB 1315 passes the Senate by unanimous vote.

March 1, 2011: HB 1315 voted out of Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee; heads to to the Senate floor.

February 24, 2011: HB 1315 passes the House; heads to the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee. 

February 22, 2011: HB 1315 amended by the House Committee on Public Welfare and returned to the House floor.

February 18, 2011HB 1315 sent back to the House Committee on Public Welfare for amendments.

February 15, 2011: HB 1315 passed by the House Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor; sent to the House floor.

February 3, 2011: Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 1315, introduced; referred to the House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.

March 9, 2010: 2010 legislative session ends without passage of autism insurance reform. 

2009 Legislative session ends without passage of autism insurance reform. 

April 1, 2009: SB 913 passes unanimously in the Senate.

March 31, 2009: SB 913 voted out of the Senate Insurance & Commerce Committee; heads to the Senate floor.

March 26, 2009: Hearing held on SB 913 in the Senate Insurance & Commerce Committee. No vote is taken.

March 17, 2009: SB 913 amended

March 9, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 913, introduced by Senator Mary Anne Salmon. 


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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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