South Carolina | Autism Politics, News & History

South Carolina | Autism Politics, Divergent News & History

South Carolina became the 2nd state to enact autism insurance reform on June 7, 2007.

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. 


South Carolina Legislative History

South Carolina governor signs ABLE legislation  (May 5, 2016)

South Carolina unanimously passes ABLE legislation  (April 27, 201) 

SC To End Medicaid Waiver Services That ‘Isolate’ Individuals (Nov. 6, 2014)

Lorri Unumb Wins NASCAR Humanitarian Award | (December 1, 2012 )

Lorri Unumb Addresses 2012 Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner (May 1, 2012)

Autism Speaks, Autism Votes: South Carolina Autism Insurance Bill Passed (June 7, 2007)

FAQs on the South Carolina Autism Insurance Reform Law (Ryan’s Law) (June 30, 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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