Colorado | Autism Politics, News & History

Colorado | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Colorado enacted autism insurance reform on June 2, 2009. 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. 


SENATE BILL 09-244


Colorado Legislation History

Autism Speaks Applauds Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. For Enacting Autism Insurance Reform Bill (June 3, 2009)

SB 244 Passed By Colorado Legislature – Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk (May 6, 2009)

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


Autism Politics

Colorado enacted autism insurance reform on June 2, 2009.


LegislationSB 09-244, SB 244

People: Bill Ritter Jr. Brandon Shaffer


Bill History

July 1, 2010: Colorado autism insurance reform law goes into effect

June 2, 2009: Governor Bill Ritter Jr. signs SB 09-244 into law.

May 5, 2009SB 09-244 passes  the Senate and heads to the Governor’s desk. 

May 4, 2009: SB 09-244 is amended and passed by the House; heads back to the  Senate.

April 30, 2009: SB 09-244 passes House Business Affairs and Labor Committee; heads to House floor.

April 27, 2009: SB 09-244 passes the Senate; heads to House Business Affairs and Labor Committee.

April 24, 2009: SB 09-244 passes  second reading on the Senate floor; heads to the third and final reading in the Senate.

April 15, 2009: SB 09-244 (as amended) is passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee; sent to the Senate for a floor vote.

March 19, 2009: SB 09-244 is passed by the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.  The bill is amended. 

March 6, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 09-244, introduced in the State Senate by  Senator Brandon Shaffer and referred to the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and the Appropriations Committee. 


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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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