Pennsylvania | Autism Politics, News & History


Pennsylvania | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

Pennsylvania enacted autism insurance reform on July 9, 2008

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. 


Pennsylvania Legislative History

Autism Speaks Applauds Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell For Signing Into Law The Strongest Autism Insurance Reform Legislation In The Nation (July 9, 2008)

Autism Speaks Applauds Pennsylvania House Speaker Dennis O’brien and State Lawmakers For Passing Strongest Autism Insurance Mandate In The Nation (July 3, 2008)

Pennsylvania Senate Banking & Insurance Committee Holds Hearing on HB 1150 (April 2, 2008)

PA Autism Insurance Senate Hearing Set for April 1, 2008 (March 19, 2008)

Autism Speaks Applauds Speaker Dennis O’Brien and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for Passage of Historic Autism Legislation (July 17, 2007)

Critical Vote Approaches On Key Pennsylvania Insurance Bill (June 29, 2007)

Autism Speaks Leadership Joins Pennsylvania House Speaker Dennis O’Brien in Announcing Introduction of Historic State Autism Legislation (April 18, 2007)


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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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