Maryland | Autism Politics, News & History

Maryland | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Maryland became the 37th state to enact autism insurance reform on May 5, 2014.

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. 


Maryland Legislative History

Maryland To Require Autism Insurance Coverage (PDFs Avail.) (April 23, 2014)

Maryland Directs Insurers To Cover Autism Treatments (PDF Avail.) (March 11, 2014)

Autism Speaks Weighs In On Maryland Insurance Reform Plan (Sept. 9, 2013)

Autism Speaks Weighs In On Maryland Insurance Reform Plan (Sept. 9, 2013)

Maryland TAG Proposes New Autism Insurance Rules (PDF Avail.) (April 26, 2013)

Autism Speaks’ Statement on Maryland Autism Task Force  (April 27, 2012)

Autism Speaks Endorses 2011 Maryland Autism Insurance Reform Bills (Feb. 14, 2011)

Maryland again fails autism community (April 19, 2012)

Autism Insurance Coverage Bill Introduced in Maryland House and Senate (Jan. 29, 2009)

Autism Politics

Maryland enacted autism insurance reform on May 5, 2014.


LegislationH 4935, HB 783, SB 759, HB 1091, HB 759, HB 1091

People: Kirill Reznik, Kathy KlausmeierDoug Gansler

AlsoAutism Society of America, Pathfinders for Autism, SEIU 500, Arc of Frederick County, Easter Seals, The Association of University Centers on Disabilities


March 9, 2011: Hearing on HB 783 in the House Health Government Operations Committee.  Hearing on SB 759 in the Senate Finance Committee. No vote is held on either bill.

February 10, 2011Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 783, introduced in House.  The bill is reffered to the House Health Government Operations Committee

February 4, 2011: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 759, introduced in the State Senate.  The bill is referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

April 13, 2010: Legislative session ends without passage of autism insurance reform. Make sure to sign up to Stay Informed for the 2011 session!

February 17, 2010: Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 1091, introduced in the House by Delegate Reznik. 



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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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