Nevada | Autism Politics, News & History


Nevada | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Nevada became the 11th state to enact autism insurance reform on May 29, 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. 


Nevada Legislative History

Autism Speaks Applauds Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons For Enacting Autism Insurance Reform Bill (May 29, 2009)

Autism Speaks Joins The Nevada Autism Community In Applauding The State Legislature For Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (May 27, 2009)

Autism Speaks Joins the Nevada Autism Community In Applauding State Assembly Members for Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (April 21, 2009)

Autism Speaks Endorses Nevada Autism Insurance Reform Bill (February 13, 2009)

Summary of Nevada Autism Insurance Reform Law (2009)


Autism Politics

Nevada enacted autism insurance reform on May 29, 2009.


Legislation: AB 162

People: Jim GibbonsJames OhrenschallRalph Toddre

Also: Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders


Bill History

May 29, 2009: AB 162 signed into law by Governor Jim Gibbons.

May 23, 2009: State Assembly passes amended version of AB 162. The enrolled bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature into law.

May 22, 2009: AB 162 was passed by the State Senate.  The bill was amended and now heads back to the Assembly for concurrence.

May 20, 2009: AB 162 was discussed in a third reading on the Senate floor. No vote was taken.  Discussion of the bill was moved to the next legislative day.

May 19, 2009: AB 162 passes its second reading on the Senate floor.  It now heads to its third and final reading.

May 13, 2009: AB 162 is heard for a second time by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. The bill is amended and passed.

May 1, 2009: AB 162 is heard by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. No vote is held. 

April 21, 2009: AB 162 is passed by the Assembly in a vote of 39 to 2. The bill now heads to the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.

April 10, 2009: AB 162 is amended 

April 9, 2009: AB 162 passed by Assembly Commerce & Labor Committee in vote of 11 to 2.  The bill is sent to the Assembly floor.

March 9, 2009: Hearing on AB 162 held in Assembly Commerce & Labor Committee.  No vote is taken.

February 12, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, Assembly Bill 162, intorduced in State Assembly by Assemblyman James Ohrenschall.  Bill is referred to the Commerce & Labor 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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