Delaware | Autism Politics, News & History

Delaware | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Delaware became the 32nd state to enact autism insurance reform on August 13, 2012.

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. 


Delaware Legislative History

Governor Markell Makes Delaware 32nd State to Reform Autism Insurance (Aug. 13, 2012) 

SB.22 Heads to Gov. Markell Following Unanimous House Approval  (June 25, 2012)

SB.22 Released from Committee, Heads to House Floor for Final Vote  (June 13, 2012) 

Halfway Home: SB.22 Voted Unanimously Out of Senate (June 7, 2012 )

SB.22 Clears Senate Finance Committee, Heads to Senate Floor (June 6, 2012)

Autism Politics

Delaware enacted autism insurance reform on August 13, 2012.


Legislation: S 22

People: Liane Sorenson, Catherine CloutierQuinton Johnson


June 13, 2012:  House Insurance Committee releases SB.22 for final floor vote in the House

June 7, 2012: Senate approves SB.22 unanimously; bill moves to the House

June 6, 2012: SB.22 released by Senate Finance Committee; heads to Senate floor

\March 17, 2011: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 22, introduced in the Senate by Senators Sorenson and Cloutier and co-sponsored by Representative Johnson.  The bill is referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

June 30, 2010: Legislative session ends without passage of autism insurance reform.

March 16, 2010: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 204,  introduced in the Senate by Senator Sorenson. The bill is referred to the Senate Finance 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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