Ohio | Autism Politics, News & History

Ohio | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Ohio became the 45th state to enact autism insurance reform on January 4, 2017.

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. 


Ohio Legislative History

Ohio becomes the 45th state to pass autism insurance reform (Dec. 13, 2016)

Ohio’s autism insurance reform bill clears key committee hurdle (May 27, 2016)

Ohio EPSDT lawsuit filed for autism-related Medicaid coverage (Sept. 15, 2015)

Ohio Insurance Reform Delayed Into 2015 (Dec. 8, 2014)

Feds Tell Ohio to Cover ABA Under ‘Help Me Grow’ (Sept. 13, 2013)

Ohio State Workers Gain Autism Insurance Benefits (May 1, 2013)

Kasich Adds Autism Benefits in Ohio EHB Plan (Dec. 21, 2012)

Autism Speaks Endorses Ohio Autism Insurance Reform Bills (Oct. 25, 2012)

Autism Speaks Joins the Ohio Autism Community In Applauding State House Passage Of Autism Insurance Reform Legislation  (Dec. 8, 2009)

Autism Speaks Launches Radio Ad Campaign Urging Ohio Legislators To Include Autism Insurance Reform Measure In State Budget (June 10, 2009)

Autism Speaks Endorses Ohio Autism Insurance Reform Legislation (Feb. 19, 2009)

Autism Politics

Ohio enacted autism insurance reform on January 4, 2017.


Legislation: HB 1, HB 8, HB 463, HB 350,

People: Ted CelesteNancy GarlandDoug Krinsky, Cheryl Grossman, John Kasich, Marci Ingram


December 8, 2009: OH House amends and passes HB 8. Bill now heads to State Senate.

April 1, 2009: HB 8 amended and passed by House Healthcare Access and Affordability Committee.  Bill heads to House floor.

March 31, 2009: Fourth hearing held on HB 8 in the Ohio House Health Care Access & Affordability Committee. 

March 25, 2009: Third hearing held on HB 8 in the Ohio House Health Care Access & Affordability Committee. No vote is held.

March 18, 2009: Second hearing held on HB 8 in the Ohio House Health Care Access & Affordability Committee. No vote is held.

March 11, 2009: First hearing held on HB 8 in the Ohio House Health Care Access & Affordability Committee. No vote is held. 

February 17, 2009: Autism insurance reform bill, House Bill 8, introduced by Representative Ted Celeste (D-24) and Representative Nancy Garland (D-20) in the Ohio House. Bill is referred to the House Healthcare Access & Affordability 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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