New Hampshire | Autism Politics, News & History

New Hampshire | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

New Hampshire Becomes 22nd State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform Legislation on July 23, 2010.

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. 


New Hampshire Legislative History

Autism Speaks Joins the New Hampshire Autism Community in Applauding Governor Lynch for Signing Connor’s Law  (July 27, 2010)

Autism Speaks Joins the New Hampshire Autism Community in Applauding State Senate Members For Passing Autism Insurance Legislation (May 6, 2010) 

Autism Speaks Joins the New Hampshire Autism Community In Applauding State House Passage Of Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (January 6, 2010)


Autism Politics

New Hampshire enacted autism insurance reform on July 23, 2010.

Legislation: HB 569

AKA: Connor’s Law


People: Maggie HassanKristin Murphy, John Lynch

Also: New Hampshire Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Autism Society of New Hampshire,


History: 

July 23, 2010: Governor Lynch enacts Connor’s Law.

May 19, 2010: House concurs with Senate version of Connor’s Law. The bill now heads to Governor Lynch’s desk for enactment into law.

May 5, 2010:  Connor’s Law is amended and passed unanimously in the second reading by the Senate.  The bill now heads to a third and final reading.

April 15, 2010: Senate Commerce, Labor and Consumer Protection Committee amends  and passes Connor’s Law in vote of 4 to 2.  The bill now heads to the Senate floor.

January 6, 2010: House passes Connor’s Law in vote of 213 to 147.  The bill now heads to the Senate for review.

November 11, 2009: Connor’s Law amended and passed by House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee in vote 13-3.  Bill sent to House floor for vote.

February 10, 2009: Hearing held on Connor’s Law  by House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee

January 8, 2009: House Bill 569 (Connor’s Law) 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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