Connecticut | Autism Politics, News & History

Connecticut | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Connecticut became the 13th state to enact autism insurance reform on June 9, 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. 


Connecticut Legislation History

Connecticut SB 301 Goes Into Effect on January 1, 2010 (December 30, 2009)

Autism Speaks Applauds Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell for Enacting Autism Insurance Reform Bill (June 10, 2009)

Autism Speaks Joins the Connecticut Autism Community 
In Applauding the State Legislature For Passing Autism Insurance Legislation 
(May 28, 2009)

Autism Speaks Joins the Connecticut Autism Community 
In Applauding State Senate Members for Passing Autism Insurance Legislation
 (May 15, 2009)

Autism Speaks Endorses Connecticut Autism Insurance Reform Bill (March 9, 2009) 

Connecticut Families Participate in the Second Autism Speaks Autism Forum (January 28, 2009)  


Frequently Asked Questions About the Connecticut Autism Insurance Reform Act (2009)

Autism Politics

Connecticut enacted autism insurance reform on June 9, 2009.


Legislation: CB 301SB 301

People: Martin M. LooneyChristopher G. Donovan, M. Jodi Rell Shannon Knall


Bill History

January 1, 2010: SB 301 becomes effective.

June 9, 2009: Governor M. Jodi Rell signs SB 301 into law.

May 27, 2009: SB 301 passed by the full House in a vote of 140-2. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature into law.

May 15, 2009: SB 301 passed by the full Senate in a vote of 35-0. The bill now heads to the House.

April 15, 2009SB 301 passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee and now heads to the House floor.

April 9, 2009: SB 301 is referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee for review

March 26, 2009: SB 301 is sent to the Senate floor to be referred to committee.

March 20, 2009: SB 301 is referred to the Legislative Commissioner’s Office for a fiscal analysis.

March 10, 2009: SB 301 passed unanimously out of the Insurance & Real Estate Committee

March 7, 2009: Official version of Senate Bill 301 introduced

January 22, 2009: Autism Insurance Reform Bill, Proposed Senate Bill No. 301 introduced 



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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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