North Dakota | Autism Politics, News & History

North Dakota | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

North Dakota was the 48th state to enact autism insurance reform on July 11, 2018.

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. 


North Dakota Legislative History

North Dakota becomes 48th state to require autism insurance coverage (July 11, 2018)

North Dakota Legislature Considers Recommendations on Autism Reform (May 21, 2012)

Autism Speaks Endorses 2011 North Dakota Autism Insurance Reform Bill (Feb. 3, 2011)

Autism Politics

North Dakota enacted autism insurance reform on July 11, 2018.


Legislation: SB 2268,

People: Rich Wardner, Carolyn Nelson


Bill History

February 3, 2011: The Senate Government and Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing and amends SB 2268.

January 19, 2011: Autism insurance reform bill, Senate Bill 2268, introduced.  The bill is referred to the Senate Government and Veterans Affairs 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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