New York | Autism Politics, News & History

New York | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

New York enacted autism insurance reform on November 1 , 2011.

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 York Autism News:

New York Times Features Report on Passage of NY Autism Insurance Reform Bill (June 23, 2010)

State Assembly Joins Senate In Unanimously Passing Landmark Bill Prohibiting Insurance Discrimination Against New York Individuals With Autism (June 21, 2010)

Autism Speaks Calls on Governor Paterson to Sign Landmark Bill Into Law  (June 21, 2010) 



New York Legislation History

It’s Time for New York to Pass Autism Insurance Reform 

Autism Speaks Endorses New York State Assembly Legislation That Would End Insurance Discrimination Against Individuals With Autism (March 22, 2010) 

Autism Speaks Endorses New York State Legislation That Would End Insurance Discrimination Against Children With Autism (March 8, 2010) 

Autism Speaks Joins New York Autism Community In Calling For An End To Autism Insurance Discrimination In The Empire State (October 23, 2009)

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Attends 2009 Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism in Westchester (June 7, 2009) 

New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief Report to Governor Recommends Severe Cuts to Special Education (December 11, 2008)

Autism Politics

New York enacted autism insurance reform on Nov. 1, 2011.


Legislation: S. 2366, A. 6001AB 8512, A 6305A, S 4005AA 10372AS 7000BS 7000AS 7000, S 6123, S 1175, S 385


People: Andrew Cuomo, Joseph Morelle,  Charles Fuschillo, Jr.Neil BreslinThomas Duane


Bill History:

June 21, 2010: A. 10372A is passed unanimously by the Assembly. The bill and its Senate companion S.7000B head to the governor to be signed into law.

June 15, 2010: A. 10372A was passed by the Assembly Rules Committee and now heads to the Assembly floor.

June 15, 2010: A.10372A was passed by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.  The bill now heads to the Rules Committee.

June 9, 2010: S.7000B is passed unanimously (61-0) by the Senate!  

June 8, 2010: S. 7000B passed by Senate Finance Committee and then by Senate Rules Committee.  The bill now heads to the Senate floor! 

June 2, 2010: S. 7000A passed by the Senate Codes Committee.  The bill is amended to S.7000B and heads to the Senate Finance Committee.

March 24, 2010: A.10372 passed by Assembly Insurance Committee. The bill now heads to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.

March 22, 2010: S.7000A passed by Senate Insurance Committee. 

March 19, 2010: Autism insurance reform bill, A.10372, introduced in the Assembly, by Assemblyman Morelle.  The bill is referred to the Assembly Insurance Committee.

March 18, 2010: S.7000 amended.  Bill is now S.7000A.

March 4, 2010: Autism insurance reform bill, S. 7000, introduced in State Senate. Bill is referred to the Senate Insurance Committee, chaired by Sen. Breslin.

October 23, 2009: Senate Insurance Committee holds meeting on four introduced autism insurance reform bills (S.2366, S.6123, S.1175, and S.385). As a result of this meeting, Committee Chairman Breslin reached out to stakeholders in order to draft one comprehensive piece of legislation.


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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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